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3–4 October | Conference on: “Ranges of proximity: approaching narratives in medicine”

Nordic network for narratives in medicine and Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities host this year’s network meeting in Lund, 3–4 October

The conference will explore and discuss ranges of proximity in relation to narratives in medicine. How do modes of closeness and distance, understood on a literal as well as a metaphorical level, come to play in the understanding of suffering, illness, healing, empathy, and care?

Target groups: Researchers, practitioners and students within the humanities, social sciences, medicine and healthcare

Programme and registration 

We present keynote lectures and eight paper sessions (in parallel tracks). The titles of the conference papers signal whether the lecture is held in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. 

Complete conference programme (PDF, 870 kB, new tab)

The conference will be held at LUX, Helgonavägen 3 in Lund, starting at 13.00 on 3 October and ends approximately at 14.30 4 October. Participation is free of charge. 

Registration no later than 23 September.

Registration form (new tab, in Swedish)

We welcome participants from a wide range of disciplines and specialties within the humanities, social sciences, medicine and healthcare, and beyond. The joint interest is narratives and narrative understanding within the context of health and illness, as expressed in the arts as well as in human interaction, from different scholarly perspectives. 

Keynote speakers

Fredrik Svenaeus, professor of philosophy at Södertörn University, Sweden. 

Linda Nesby, professor of Scandinavian literature, University of Tromsø, Norway.

The conference is adjacent to the Philip Sandblom Prize Lecture, delivered by Rita Charon, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics and Professor of Medicine, Columbia University (USA). 

More info about Rita Charon’s Lecture 4 October