Sara Laursen participated in a conference on medical anthropology

Sarah Seerup Laursen (University of Southern Denmark) explored how pain is constructed as a physical, emotional, and moral event at a pain clinic in Denmark.

The topic of pain featured in several presentations. Sarah Seerup Laursen (University of Southern Denmark) explored how pain is constructed as a physical, emotional, and moral event at a pain clinic in Denmark, and Emmaly Berghuis (VU University Amsterdam) examined the experience of and practices related to chronic pain among Moroccan migrant women in the Netherlands.

These presentations raised questions about emotion and pain: When does the physical feeling of pain change into an emotion? How is this process embedded in specific cultural contexts? It was agreed that terms needed to be used thoughtfully: What is a ‘feeling’? What is an ‘emotion’? Can these terms be used interchangeably and, if so, in what circumstances? 

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