ESSAYS

ART AND POLITICS

Can art be a catalyst for change in times of war and conflict? (2023)

Abstract: This essay examines the transformative power of art during times of war, focusing on Giuseppe Verdi’s role in the Italian Risorgimento. Despite Verdi’s initial lack of political intent, his opera “Nabucco” became a symbol of Italian resistance against Austrian rule. The chorus “Va’ Pensiero” emerged as an anthem for liberation, illustrating how art can transcend its original purpose to inspire collective action. The paper concludes that art, through its emotional and symbolic impact, can play a significant role in galvanizing societal change during conflicts, challenging established orders, and fostering national unity.


POLITICS

What is the difference, if any, between the developed/underdeveloped distinction, and the civilized/uncivilized distinction? (2023)

Abstract: The essay explores the nuanced distinctions between “developed” and “civilized” by analyzing their historical, social, and political contexts. It argues that while both distinctions serve to establish hierarchical structures, the former is rooted in economic and technological metrics, whereas the latter is based on cultural and moral evaluations. The essay critiques these binary classifications, highlighting their roles in perpetuating colonial mindsets and global inequalities. It emphasizes the importance of recognizing these distinctions as social constructs that influence contemporary international relations and development policies.

PSYCHOLOGY

Decolonising Psychology – Case Study: Calvin Johnson (2024)

Abstract: The case study of Calvin Johnson, a Jamaican immigrant in the UK, highlights the interplay between systemic racism and mental health. Johnson’s experiences of discrimination exacerbated his psychotic episodes, reflecting the impact of socio-political factors on psychiatric conditions. The essay critiques the Western-centric approach to mental health, advocating for a decolonized perspective that accounts for cultural and racial contexts. It underscores the importance of understanding the broader social influences on individual psychological distress, using Johnson’s story to illustrate the need for culturally sensitive mental health care.

The Chains of the Mind: Psychology, Politics, and the Colonial Remembrance (2022)

Abstract: This essay delves into the psychological and political dimensions of colonialism’s legacy, analyzing how colonial histories shape contemporary identities and power structures. It argues that colonialism’s impact extends beyond physical subjugation to mental colonization, affecting both colonizers and the colonized. The text emphasizes the importance of recognizing and addressing these psychological chains to foster genuine decolonization. It explores various theoretical frameworks, including postcolonial and psychological theories, to understand the enduring effects of colonialism on collective and individual psyches.

The Prodromal Symptoms of Psychosis: Prevention and Treatment (translated from Italian) (2014)

Abstract: The essay focuses on identifying and understanding the early symptoms of psychosis, known as the prodromal phase. It discusses various psychological and behavioral indicators that precede full-blown psychotic episodes, emphasizing the importance of early detection and intervention. The essay reviews existing literature on the subject, highlighting key findings and diagnostic criteria. It advocates for increased awareness and research to improve early diagnosis and treatment strategies, ultimately aiming to mitigate the impact of psychosis on individuals and society.