Film Screening :”Shadows and Illuminations”

Kyushu University, Q-AOS Mega Region Module Seminar

Film Screening :”Shadows and Illuminations” (

Speaker:Dr. Robert Lemelson

(Department of Anthropology, University of California)

Date/Time:Tuesday, 28 March 2023 at 14.30 – 16.30

Venue:Kyushu University, Ito campus, East Zone, 2nd building, room E-105

Dr. Robert Lemelson is a psychological anthropologist who has worked in Southeast Asia, particularly on the islands of Bali and Java in Indonesia, for most of his career. His work explores the relationship of culture and history to trauma, psychiatric illness, structural and gender-based violence, and their relationship to subjectivity and phenomenology. He is also a visual anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker with over twenty years of experience conducting fieldwork and producing longitudinal film studies. In 2007, he founded Elemental Productions, an ethnographic documentary film production company. He has completed over a dozen films on a wide range of topics including mental illness, polygamy and gender-based violence, the sex trade, genocide, kinship and ritual, and trance and possession. He is president of the Foundation for Psychocultural Research, a Los Angeles-based philanthropic organization that focuses on the integration of the social sciences and neuroscience since 1999.

Shadows and Illuminations is a 2010 documentary film that is part of the Afflictions: Culture and Mental Illness in Indonesia ethnographic film series based on material drawn from 12 years of person-centered research by Dr. Robert Lemelson.

In this opportunity, we are pleased to invite you to join the seminar. We are confident that the knowledge of taking part in this seminar will be enriching and we are looking forward to your participation.

For reservation and further information, please contact: Mr. Hiroki Fujita (fujita.hiroki.187 [at mark]

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