2019/2020

The Body in Translation

Historicising and Reinventing Medical Humanities and Knowledge Translation

Humanities

Principal investigators

Eivind Engebretsen

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

John Ødemark

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

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

Marit Helen Andersen

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Mona Baker

Professor Em.
University of Manchester
Year at CAS
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Charles L. Briggs

Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Year at CAS

Anne Eriksen

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Antje Flüchter

Professor
Bielefeld University
Year at CAS
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Trish Greenhalgh

Professor
University of Oxford
Year at CAS
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Marit Haldar

Professor
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
Year at CAS

Kristin Heggen

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Gina Fraas Henrichsen

Researcher
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Kristin Hjorthaug Urstad

Associate Professor
University of Stavanger (UiS)
Year at CAS

Ida Lillehagen

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS
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Clara E. Mantini-Briggs

Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Year at CAS

Hélène Mialet

Associate Professor
York University
Year at CAS

Richard Osborne

Professor
Swinburne University of Technology
Year at CAS

Tony Sandset

Research Fellow
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS
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Carolina Borges Rau Steuernagel

PhD Candidate
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Bjørn Ola Tafjord

Professor
UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT)
Year at CAS

Nina Vøllestad

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Astrid Klopstad Wahl

Professor
University of Oslo (UiO)
Year at CAS

Michael Wintroub

Professor
University of California, Berkeley
Year at CAS

News

‘The question “What are the facts?” must be supplemented with another one: “How do these facts make sense to people, and why?”’, said former CAS project leader and professor at the University of Oslo Eivind Engebretsen.

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