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3–4 October | Nordic network for narratives in medicine

Birgit Rausing Centre for Medical Humanities hosts this year’s network meeting in Lund, 3–4 October 2022:
Nordic network for narratives in medicine :“Ranges of proximity: approaching narratives in medicine”

The past two years, our lives have been impacted by physical and social distancing – on a local as much as on an international scale – and emotional, professional, ethical, and societal aspects of life have all been influenced. 

We invite papers exploring and discussing 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?

Do these new ranges of proximity provoke us to rethink and reflect upon narratives in medicine, the many-sided relations in healthcare, and the role and use of stories? 

Programme and registration 

The network meeting will include more than 20 papers. Some entries will be held in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish, others in English. The final programme will be published here at the end of August, it is however possible to register for the network meeting now. Participation is free of charge. 

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.

Rita Charon, Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics and Professor of Medicine, Columbia University (USA). She will give her Sandblom prize lecture October 4th adjacent to the network meeting.

More info about Rita Charons Philip Sandblom Prize Lecture