Beth Semel
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Beth Semel

Beth’s research concerns emergent practices, technologies, and techniques at play in psychiatric diagnostics and the shifting status of the speaking subject in the United States. In particular, she focuses on efforts to develop and implement automatic speech analysis technology to aid in the detection, treatment, and tracking of mental health disorders. She explores collaborations between engineers, computer scientists, data scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and security and defense specialists as these actors attempt to create and deploy digital technology that can correlate non-semantic features of speech with inner, subjective states. In this regard, her research interrogates ideologies of dis/honesty, subjectivity, human kinds, signification, and mediation.

Key words

medical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, psychiatry, psychology, mental health, diagnostics, care/control, voice and speech, mediation, honesty



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