The Culture of Depression: Seminar

Dr. Chris Howard (139.209 Speaking: Theory and Practice, Albany) will be presenting a dialogue on The Culture of Depression next Wed 1st of October @1pm in QB6 at the Albany Campus. This dialogue will explore the idea that depression is not the psychological epidemic it is presented as by the media, governments, medical institutions and pharmaceutical companies.  Rather, from a critical discourse and cross-cultural perspective, I will argue that ‘depression’ is first and foremost a social phenomenon before it is psychological.  As such, it relies on ‘knowledge-power’ games and therefore cannot be trusted.  Depression, I will venture to suggest, is not a disease of individuals, but a social pathology related to the cultural logic of neoliberal capitalism.


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About Rand Hazou

Rand is an Australian/Palestinian academic and theatre facilitator. In 2004 Rand was commissioned by the UNDP to travel to the Occupied Territories in Palestine to work as a theatre consultant running workshops for Palestinian youths. In 2009 Rand was awarded a PhD in Theatre and Drama at La Trobe University. His thesis examined the latest wave of political theatre in Australia dealing with Asylum Seekers and Refugees. In 2011 Rand was awarded a Cultural Leadership Skills Development Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to develop The 7arakat|Harakat Project, involving a series of theatre-related initiatives between Australia and Palestine. As part of this grant, Rand travelled to Palestine in October 2011 to participate in an internship with Al-Kasaba Theatre in Ramallah. In November 2012 Rand convened 'The 7arakat Conference: Theatre, CUltural Diversity and Inclusion' which was hosted by La Trobe University. The conference explored practice, research and advocacy in the performing arts with a particular focus on Palestinian Theatre, Arab/Australian Theatre, and Applied Theatre with refugee/migrant groups. The conference brought together theatre-makers, scholars, creative producers and community development workers to examine issues of exclusion in the performing arts sector and the theatre's role in providing networks of participation and social inclusion. For more information visit:

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