We share an interest in the analysis of health, wellbeing, embodiment, pain, illness, bodily and functional variations, health care practices, medical technologies, diagnostics, healthcare politics, social politics, and narrative medicine, from different interdisciplinary as well as more disciplinary humanities and social sciences perspectives. Some of us also work with questions that arise at the intersection between the humanities, the social sciences, clinical practices, and biomedicine, and we welcome interdisciplinary approaches that enable dialogue between such areas.
Some of the personnel at the CMHB study experiences of and narratives about health, wellbeing, illness, and bodily or functional variations. Others study medical practices, medical technologies, diagnoses and diagnostic processes, care practices and how illness can help to shape one’s self-understanding and everyday life. Still others analyse questions of ethnicity and gender in healthcare, or norms and assumptions about bodies and embodiment.
Some of us study concepts in healthcare, while others study communication and social interaction in healthcare. Other topics of study concern bioethical questions, or what takes place when young persons or elderly persons become the target of medical or preventive healthcare interventions. These are but a few examples of what is going on at the CMHB.
We come from several disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds, and colleagues at CMHB work with circa 40 different research projects. Descriptions of these projects are available in the CMHB Yearbook (see ‘News’ within this website), and at specific project websites and/or on colleagues’ webpages. The CMHB Yearbook also contains an overview of twelve themes that recur in several of these research projects.
We welcome national and international researchers at our events. Researchers are also welcome to visit us, for example as guest researchers. We hope in this way to create opportunities for creative conversations, the fruitful exchange of ideas and experiences, and productive new collaborations.
Colleagues affiliated with CMHB are based in a number of departments at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Linköping University. CMHB is hosted by the Department of Thematic Studies.
How we work to strengthen research at CMHB
We arrange research seminars and research grant workshops. Our seminars have different forms; they can involve discussions of our work-in-progress texts or research presentations by visiting scholars. They can also take the form of short research presentations through which we together explore a specific theme from different perspectives. At our research grant workshops, we work systematically with individual or joint research grant proposals.