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PhD Defence: Annigje van Dijk

Searching a way with mental troubles: pathways of ‘illness’, psychiatry and life in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Info about event


Tuesday 30 April 2024,  at 17:00 - 19:00


KU Leuven University and online

On Tuesday 30 April 2024 at 5:00 pm (CEST) Annigje van Dijk, MSc, will be defending her dissertation according to joint degree agreement (re ANTHUSIA) between KU Leuven and Aarhus University.

Title: Searching a way with mental troubles: pathways of ‘illness’, psychiatry and life in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The defence is public, and everybody is  welcome. The defence will be held in English; it is scheduled for two hours.  The defence proceedings will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Dilip De Boeck, KU Leuven. For livestreaming for the public interested: Please register by sending an email to  annigje.vandijk@kuleuven.be  before 29 April 2024 at 12 noon (CEST) A link will be sent ahead of the defence.

The dissertation will be available for reading  in a digital version before the defence, following a statement from the borrower promising to delete the file afterwards. If you wish to read the dissertation, please write to annigje.vandijk@kuleuven.be before 29 April 2024 at 12 noon (CEST)

Board of Examiners:

  • Prof. Dr. Karel Arnaut, Department of Social and Cultural  Anthropology, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Dr. Katie Kilroy Marac, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Scarborough,  Canada
  • Prof. Dr. Cheryl Mattingly Department of Anthropology,  Aarhus University, Denmark, and   Department of Anthropology,  University of Southern California, USA
  • Prof. Dr. Lea Pare Toe, Anthropology and Sociology, Centre Muraz de Bobo Dioulasso, Institut National de Santé Publique, Burkina Faso
  • Prof. Dr. Kathleen Beullens, Vice Dean of Research of The Faculty of Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium  (Chair)


  • Prof. Dr. Ann Cassiman, Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Dr. Lotte Meinert, Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University, Denmark


  • Prof. Dr. Ludovic Kibora,  Anthropologue Directeur de Recherche, Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 

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