The first day of "Autism Spectrum Disorders in Global, Local and Personal Perspective: A Cross-Cultural Workshop" in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, opened with a series of introductory talks by Kenneth Camargo, Benilton Bezerra, and Tom Weisner. The purpose of these talks was to provide some historical background on the intellectual traditions being brought together for this workshop. Benilton Bazerra and Kenneth Camargo opened the event with an introduction to Collective Health and a history of Brazilian psychiatric reform. Tom Weisner followed with an introduction to psychological anthropology and its contribution to the study of disability.
Benilton Bezerra, M.D., Ph.D. - Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Medicine at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Dr. Bezerra is a psychoanalytic psychiatrist who played a key role in Brazilian psychiatric reform. His current research focuses on contemporary reconfigurations of psychiatric diagnosis and their impact on subjectivity and identity.
Kenneth Camargo Jr., Ph.D – Associate Professor at the Institute for Social Medicine at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Dr. Camargo Jr. is associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health and editor of a Brazilian journal of Collective Health (Physis journal). Honorary Vice-president of the Latin American and Caribbean chapter of the American Public Health Association.
Tom Weisner, Ph.D. - Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences (NPI Semel Institute) at UCLA; Director of the UCLA Center for Culture and Health. Dr. Weisner is Co-PI of a collaborative program evaluation of Action for Autism, an NGO that develops family supports and treatment for people affected by autism spectrum disorders in New Dehli, India.
"Autism Spectrum Disorders in Global, Local and Personal Perspective: A Cross-Cultural Workshop" was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 11th - 14th, 2015, supported by the Lemelson / Society for Psychological Anthropology Conference Fund, made possible by a generous donation from The Robert Lemelson Foundation.