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#350 National Intimacy and Humanitarian Reason: Ethnographic Fragment of Psychiatric Hospital Ugljan


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First name Jelena Middle name Last name Kupsjak
Title Phd. Organization / Institution University of Zadar Department Department of ethnology and anthropology
Address Ulica Franje Tuđmana, 24i Postal / Zip code 230000 Country HR
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Abstract

Abstract title

National Intimacy and Humanitarian Reason: Ethnographic Fragment of Psychiatric Hospital Ugljan

Abstract text

“Unseen traffic collapse in Zadar, people are bringing tons of clothing for patients of Psychiatric hospital Ugljan” is just one of the headlines that made their way across Croatian media in December 2020. Traffic blockage event was the culmination of two different humanitarian initiatives started at the end of the pandemic year 2020 that tried to collect basic stuff like clothing, footwear, blankets, personal hygiene products and alike for patients under care in publicly (under)funded psychiatric hospital on the island of Ugljan in the heart of Dalmatia overlooking the city of Zadar. The initiative that collects donations for this institution was not the first one. In recent years Psychiatric hospital of Ugljan has been a subject of numerous humanitarian initiatives started by concerned citizens, employees and foreign NGOs. Drawing on ethnographic fragments of Psychiatric hospital Ugljan this paper talks about the construction of national intimacy (Berlant) and what Diddier Fassin calls “humanitarian reason” as part of neoliberal governmentality.

Conference topic

Panel no. 99 - National Intimacy Historical Present and Possibilities of New Imaginaries

Preferred format

Oral

Abstract Review

This abstract was reviewed on 2021-01-07 10:01h by Senka

Reviewer decision

Accepted