Graduate Course, Copenhagen

At the Margins of Life and Death

Doctoral course August 21-23 2012

Aim and content: This course focuses on notions, materialities and regulations of life and death in the laboratory, in the clinic, and among patients and users of medical science and technology. It looks at how borders between life and death are established in socio-material practices and it takes up issues of suffering, dignity and the quality of life related to medical science and technology. The course will be structured around three themes: beginnings of life, extensions of life, and endings of life. The life in question may be the cell, the embryo, the newborn, the comatose, the old, the demented, the research animal. Analytically and methodologically the course draws on sociological, historical, and anthropological approaches to practices of beginning, extending and ending life.

Participants: Doctoral students from public health and the social sciences in Denmark and elsewhere.

Location: The University of Copenhagen, Centre for Medical Science and Technology Studies.

Language: English

Form: Lectures in the mornings, student presentations and discussions in the afternoons.

ECTS-credits: 5,2

Course directors: Associate professor Mette N. Svendsen and professor Lene Koch

Invited lecturers:
Professor Sharon Kaufman from Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.
Professor Lynn Morgan from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.

Dates: 21-23 August 2012

Course secretary: Michelle Aagaard Larsen

Price: 4.680 DKK

Registration: Before 15 May 2012 via the web application:
On acceptance participants will be asked to submit a paper of five pages by the 1st of August. Papers should describe how the PhD project takes up the theme of life and death. During the course each participant will have 20 minutes to present his/her paper, which will be followed by comments from resource persons (course directors and invited lecturers) as well as a general discussion. The two invited lecturers, Sharon Kaufman and Lynn Morgan, will take part in the entire course. Admission for Ph.D. students will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications from external participants will be considered after the closing date. The application must be sent via the web-application.

Mette Nordahl Svendsen
Associate professor

Department of Public Health
Faculty Of Health Sciences
University of Copenhagen
CSS, Øster Farimagsgade 5,
DK-1014 Copenhagen

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