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November 6, 2021

Discourse and Mental Health in Argentina: Looking for Reasons for Hope

Dr. Juan Eduardo Bonnin
The University of San Martín (UNSAM)
Argentina and National Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET)

Time: Saturday, November 6, 2021.11 AM -12 PM (EST)
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The aim of this presentation is to talk about the implications of ethnographic research in discourse and mental health in Argentina to think of a new agenda for discourse analysis, focused on voice, agency and hope.During four years, fieldwork was conducted at a public hospital located in an immigrant neighborhood in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Research questions were oriented towards the relationships between diversity and inequality in access to mental healthcare through the discourse practices, tactics and strategies deployed by patients with widely varying cultural, linguistic and social backgrounds. As an action-research process, it helped change communicative practices at the Hospital’s outpatient mental healthcare service. This presentation will reflect on the entire process and its outcomes, arguing in favor of a critical, situated perspective on discourse analysis, theoretically and practically oriented to social change.It will also analyze the theoretical implications of results to discuss voice and agency as situated theoretical concepts. In the end, all of this exposition will reveal to be explicitly biased to lookingfor reasons for hope.

Monthly Lectures 2021-2022


Date Title Speaker (Affiliation)
Oct 2 Braj Kachru and the identity of Asian Englishes: English as an Asian Language Dr. Daniel R. Davis (University of Michigan-Dearborn)
Nov 6 Discourse and Mental Health in Argentina: Looking for Reasons for Hope Dr. Juan Eduardo Bonnin (University of San Martín - UNSAM)
Dec 4 Automatic Assistance for Academic Word Usage Dr. Dariush Saberi (City University of Hong Kong)


Date Title Speaker (Affiliation)
Feb 5 Toward an Integrated Framework for Studying the Relationship between Bilingual Language Experience and Cognitive Reserve Dr. Laura Spinu (Kingsborough Community College, CUNY)
Mar 5 TBA Dr. Renée Blake (Linguistics and Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU)
May 7 Proto-Basque and the Single Sibilant Hypothesis: Evidence, reassessment, and implications Dr. Juliette Blevins (CUNY Graduate Center)