- SOCIAL. Humanistic welfare studies in the social and/or political uses of art and literature (current focus on analysing representations of class and gender in a broad sense in contemporary art and literature and on developing a new humanistic welfare research into matters such as infrastructure, migration, ageing and retirement and on accounting for actual uses of literature in the social sciences and society more broadly)
- HEALTH. Health humanities and narrative medicine studies (aside from interpreting art and literature about matters of health we are interested in developing health humanities as a new area of teaching and research initiatives with special focus on patient involvement as well as creative writing and reading workshops in health studies in relation to promoting well-being and quality of life for different groups of people, including chronically ill patients, alcoholics, people afflicted with dementia)
A major common goal is to discuss, map and develop new methodologies to carrying out these and other investigations inspired by actor network theory and other trends in post-critical hermeneutics and the new sociology of literature (surface reading, reparative reading, close description), by social science methodologies and digital and quantitative methods, as well as health science research traditions both quantitative and qualitative. We are inspired and seek cross fertilizations between theories of recognition, ethical literary criticism, affect theory; always with the goal of opening up and exploring relations between the users of art and literature and the field of other minds and phenomena.
We are organized in several sub-groups where many core members co-participate and where many affiliated IKV as well as external members participate as deemed meaningful. These subgroups have own meeting structure and goals.
- Wp1 on reading new work in literary theory. Co-convened by Rita Felski and Jon Helt Haarder
- Wp2 on contemporary Danish literature. Convened by Anne-Marie Mai
- Wp3 on class and contemporary art and literature. Co-convened by Peter Simonsen and Emily Hogg
- Wp4 on narrative medicine. Co-convened by Anita Wohlmann and Anders Juhl Rasmussen
- Wp5 on interdisciplinarity. Co-convened by Bryan Yazell and Klaus Petersen
Peter Simonsen (head of research group)