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We teach on courses in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and work to facilitate and enable new teaching collaborations across departments and faculties.

Over several years, colleagues affiliated with the Centre for Medical Humanities and Bioethics (CMHB) have contributed to teaching in the medical humanities and bioethics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. We have also long experience of teaching the medical humanities and bioethics at undergraduate and graduate level in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Our ambition is to further develop teaching collaboration across the faculties. We are also happy to adapt lectures to fit the needs of specific clinics. 

Our areas of interest and competence with respect to teaching include:

General topics/subjects

  • Aging, health and illness
  • Concepts of health, illness, autonomy and need
  • Children, health and illness
  • Ethnicity, health, and illness
  • Gender, health and illness
  • Health and urban planning
  • Lived experiences and narratives of health, illness, risk, embodiment and disability
  • Medical ethics, care ethics, and methods for ethical reflection in clinics
  • Migration, health and biopolitics
  • Priority-setting in healthcare

Specific themes

  • Analysis of consciousness, subjectivity and pain
  • Being examined for and living with dementia
  • Categorisations of medical genetic research: ethical and sociocultural aspects of genetic testing
  • Ethics, difficult conversations and palliative care
  • Knowledge production, with a focus on the interplay between medical practice, technology (development and usage), societal change and subjectivity
  • Listening to children in practice (in medical settings, care, social services, etc.) and in politics
  • Medical visualiszation of the body
  • Past and present norms about bodies
  • Perspectives on physical and mental health among children and young people
  • Professional approaches and learning in medical and care education
  • Reproduction, health and new family constellations
  • Technology, technology development, and disability
  • The role of embodiment for subjectivity and agency

Research methods

  • Empirical philosophy (combined with qualitative research methods and philosophical analysis)
  • Philosophical concept analysis, medical ethics analysis
  • Policy analysis and policy work
  • Qualitative research methods such as in-depth interviews, focus groups, ethnography, discourse analysis, and thematic analysis

Teaching methods

  • Drama pedagogy
  • Novels and fiction in care education

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15 June 2022

Conference: Futures ahead - Translations and collaborations between medicine, social science and the humanities

15 June 2022, 9.00 am - 17 June 2022, 5.00 pm Linköping, Sweden

The conference welcomes researchers within the fields of medicine, social sciences and the humanities that seek to further discuss the potential of collaboration, common goals and possible challenges. We also welcome other stakeholders such as patients, health practitioners, and policy makers.


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