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Bodies (that) matter - On analyzing and describing the body beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries

Seminar 5

The Graduate Programme for Social Studies in Medicine

Course director: Susanne Ravn 

This seminar is the 5th in a series of 6 seminars that form the core of the Graduate Programme for Social Studies in Medicine. Each of the seminars supports theoretical and strategic approaches to knowledge and the production of knowledge. Each seminar has a particular focus within health research and invites for reflections regarding the role, content and development of social studies in medicine.

The seminars in this series are primarily intended for PhD-candidates and supervisors attached to the Graduate Programme for Social Studies in Medicine, but other participants are also welcome.

 Content and aim of this seminar:
At this seminar we invite for a discussion of bodily potentials and ailments that reach beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The body is fundamental to our being. It is an inevitable premise, however, universal and particular at the same time. Understood as a biological entity the body can be the object of attention, care, training, treatment and optimization. At the same time, the body is an integral part of the self, identity, action competence and personal skills. It is lived and felt in a constant process of exchange between internalizing and externalizing experiences.  In the tensions of the many ways the body can be described and understood, the body as well as the themes of the body are in a constant process of becoming. In that sense the body might be viewed as a biological, sociological and cultural construction.  However, as Judith Butler emphasizes (in her well known book: Bodies That Matter) we can only think of the body as constructed – in for example a biological, sociological and cultural way – if we by the same token accept the demand to involve in a rethinking of the meaning of construction itself. Not least how the different ways we come to know our bodies influences each other.

The aim of this seminar is to present the participants to how different methodological approaches addresses what the body is and can be. Lectures will combine central epistemological positions and in different ways touch up on how interdisciplinary combinations can be handled to the benefit of ongoing and future research projects regarding health and illness –as well as rehabilitation and physical exercise.  

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Literature:
Literature will be distributed by Blackboard, the platform for e-learning at University of Southern Denmark. In due time, participants will be informed via email that the platform for this seminar has been opened.

Date and venue

26-27 January 2017 at Sinatur Hotel Storebælt, Østerøvej 121, 5800 Nyborg - Website

 

Course director:

Susanne Ravn, associate professor, IOB, SDU

 

Lecturers

Sine Agergaard, Associate professor, Ph.D., Department of Public Health - Sport Science, Aarhus University

Kristian Martiny, PhD, Head of psychological and social research, Elsass Institute, Copenhagen.

Signe Højbjerre Larsen, Assistant professor, PhD, Department of Sport Sciences and Biomechanics (IOB), SDU.

Morten Sodemann, Professor, Ph.D., Infectious Diseases, Department of Clinical Research, SDU.

Jørn Hansen, Professor, Ph.D, Department of Sport Sciences and Biomechanics (IOB), SDU.

 Participants
Max 30 participants

The seminars in this series are primarily intended for PhD candidates and supervisors attached to the Graduate Programme for Social Studies in Medicine, but other participants are also very welcome.

 

ECTS: 2

 

Course fee

The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled  and staff at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southern Denmark.
For PhD students enrolled in other universities that have joined the "Open market agreement", the course fee is DKK 2304,-
For other participants there is a course fee of DKK 7925,-

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