Thijs N. den Hertog

I started my PhD in 2011 at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. At the time I was employed as lecturer and I had the opportunity to collect data while supervising master students during their fieldwork. I conduct my PhD research on local conceptualizations of mental illness and practiced healing strategies among a Khwe (San) community, living in a township in Kimberley, South Africa. The research combines medical anthropology and cultural psychiatry as fields of research and focuses on the meaning of locally identified concepts such as ‘madness’ and ‘thinking a lot’ and the informal and formal ways of healing/care associated with these conditions.

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ASC, University of Amsterdam
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