Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The Body in Translation: Historicising and Reinventing Medical Humanities and Knowledge Translation

Information

Future 2019/2020 Social Sciences - Law

Abstract

In this project we address the relations between man and nature, medicine and the humanities, using “translation” as our focal point. By investigating ideas and practices of translation in medicine and the humanities we aim to rethink the field of the medical humanities as a cross-disciplinary contact zone between the humanities and medicine. The project has a unique and ground-breaking interdisciplinary research design combining cultural history and the history of science with knowledge translation which is one of the major issues in contemporary medicine.

We will explore “translation” genealogically, comparatively and theoretically. On the one hand, we will historicize and develop contemporary medical knowledge translation (KT) by turning to current humanistic theories of translation and to test cases from the early modern period. On the other hand, we will challenge and develop theories of translation within the humanities by juxtaposing them with the scientific practice of knowledge translation. By contrasting KT with historical, cultural and epistemic differences from its scientific “prehistory”, and by analyzing it with reference to broader humanistic and material notions of translation, we aim to develop concepts of medical translation able to cope with contemporary epistemic and cultural differences. Based on these notions, we will establish the foundation for a Centre for Translational Medical Humanities based on the concept of a cross-disciplinary contact zone and equal synergy between the two disciplines.

 

Further reading:

Kristeva, Julia; Moro, Marie Rose; Ødemark, John & Engebretsen, Eivind (2017). Cultural crossings of care: An appeal to the medical humanities. Medical Humanities.  ISSN 1468-215X. . doi: http://mh.bmj.com/content/early/2017/09/21/medhum-2017-011263

Engebretsen, Eivind; Sandset, Tony Joakim & Ødemark, John (2017). Expanding the knowledge translation metaphor. Health Research Policy and Systems.  ISSN 1478-4505. . doi: 10.1186/s12961-017-0184-x

Fellows

  • Andersen, Marit Helen
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Baker, Mona
    Professor University of Manchester 2019/2020
  • Briggs, Charles L.
    Professor University of California, Berkeley 2019/2020
  • Eriksen, Anne
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Flüchter, Antje
    Professor Bielefeld University 2019/2020
  • Greenhalgh, Trish
    Professor University of Oxford 2019/2020
  • Heggen, Kristin
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Henrichsen, Gina Fraas
    Researcher University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Hjortgaug Urstad, Kristin
    Associate Professor University of Stavanger (UiS) 2019/2020
  • Lillehagen, Ida
    Postdoctoral Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Mantini-Briggs, Clara E.
    Professor University of California, Berkeley 2019/2020
  • Mialet, Hélène
    Associate Professor York University 2019/2020
  • Osborne, Richard
    Professor Swinburne University of Technology 2019/2020
  • Sandset, Tony
    Postdoctoral Fellow University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Tafjord, Bjørn Ola
    Professor UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) 2019/2020
  • Vøllestad, Nina
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Wahl, Astrid Klopstad
    Professor University of Oslo (UiO) 2019/2020
  • Wintroub, Michael
    Professor University of California, Berkeley 2019/2020

Group leader

  • Eivind Engebretsen

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2019/2020
  • John Ødemark

    Title Professor Institution University of Oslo (UiO) Year at CAS 2019/2020
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