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An interesting seminar

2002/01/08    MAISA


The preparations for the Nordic Seminar in Medical Anthropology are in full process. To have a look at the program and the abstracts, please click the title on the left margin of the main page. Also scholars who cannot participate the seminar are invited to discuss with us at our web pages.


EASA Conference in Copenhagen 14-17.8, 2002

2002/01/22    SUSANNE


The conference includes a large number of workshops on diverse subjects. A number of these deal with medical anthropology. Among this selection is a workshop convened by Galina Lindquist on "Feelings and meanings: the cultural expressions and social impacts of emotions". Other interesting workshops are "Body and Self in Medical Pluralism", "Bad Deaths/Good Deaths", "The Perception of Genes, Genomes and Genetics" and many more! Please check out their home page at easa.uni-miskolc.hu for more information on this exciting event. Deadline for accepted paper abstracts is 15.2.2002.

Susanne Ådahl, Social anthropology, Helsinki Univ.


e-mail: susanne.x.adahl@helsinki.fi

Doctoral Thesis on Mental Health and Drug Advertising

2002/01/22    SUSANNE


The study that the dissertation is based on examines the construction of mental health and gendered psychotropic drug use in Nordic psychotropic drug advertising during three decades. The background of the study is the widespread use of psychotropics in the general population and the double rate of use among women in Western countries. Physicians have a key position in prescribing psychotropic drugs and defining what is mentally well and mentally ill among men and women. Advertising as a cultural object is part of shaping the physicians' view on mental health and gender.
The analysis is based on drug advertisements in leading medical journals in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden 1975, 1985 and 1995. Psychotropic drugs were naturalised into a normal part of mental health, symbolised as freedom from everyday problems and as compliance to social norms. The advertisements constructed a gendered view of mental health and psychotropic drug use.

The disseration was published by the Department of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University, Finland, 2001

Dept. of social anthropology, Helsinki Univ.


e-mail: susanne.x.adahl@helsinki.fi

Medical anthropology visible at the EASA conference in Copenhagen in August

2002/09/17    JUHA


Medical anthropologists attending the 7th biennial conference of EASA, August 14-17, 2002 could contentedly conclude that workshops dealing with various aspects of medical anthropology were numerous - so numerous, in fact, that it
was impossible to attend all the sessions that tickled our fancy. All in all a total of 6 workshops touched upon the subject in some manner. Workshop themes ranged from Deaths, body and self in medical pluralism, feelings, to risk,
genes, genetics and genomes and the application of Foucault and Bourdieu in medical anthropology. During the conference a meeting called by professor Susan Reynolds-Whyte was held to discuss European networks in medical anthropology. Around twenty people were gathered to discuss how EASA could be used to further
networking within medical anthropology. It was agreed that contact with EASA should be upheld to safeguard that workshops in medical anthropology would be an active part of future EASA conferences. Participants felt that the inclusion
of medical anthropologists from Southern (Italy, Spain, Portugal)and Eastern (Balkans, Baltic and Russia) European countries should be actively pursued.


A dissertation on Abanyole perceptions on death

2002/10/04    JUHA


MA Ezekiel Alembi (Department of Folklore, Institute for Cultural Studies, University of Helsinki) will defend his thesis on

"THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ABANYOLE PERCEPTIONS ON DEATH THROUGH ORAL FUNERAL
POETRY"

in 26.10.2002 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

His dissertation is also available in the web:

http://ethesis.helsinki.fi/ alta.

A short description of the study:

"A number of studies exist on the theme of death in Africa. However, a critical reflection on existing literature reveals that research has largely ignored an examination of how funeral poems add to the interpretation and meaning of death. It is within this context that I have formulated this study to gain a deeper understanding of the Abanyole perceptions on death has presented through oral funeral poetry. The study has been used to fulfill the need for a micro-level analysis that is applied to a selected category of oral poetry (funeral poems) and an experienced phenomenon in the community (death).

In this study I have adapted and utilized ethnopoetics framework. The study has employed interactive and dialogical techniques. The following methods have thus been used to gather data: in-depth interviews, participation, observation and tape-recording of live-performances. In addition, I discussed the research report with the respondents to reach a collective and inter-subjective consensus in the interpretation of the information collected.

The analysis has revealed that the causes of death in this community include mystical powers, murder, spirits, etsisila and ebiila (AIDS like
conditions) and curse. Death affects family members of this community in different ways and for different reasons. In relation to performance, the study has shown that oral funeral performances are quite elaborate and involve the entire community. The analysis of style has shown that the styles used in the poems have a social basis in the sense that they are deeply rooted in the culture of the Abanyole. The dominant devices in the poems are: euphemims, repetition and poetic register.

Ezekiel Alembi"


A book on gender and social inequalities

2002/10/04    JUHA


Gender and Social Inequalities in Health- A Public Health Issue. Wamala SP & Lynch J. (Eds.). Studentlitteratur, 2002.

'This path-breaking book focuses on how gender is central to an understanding of inequalities in health. Women are more likely to be disadvantaged in terms of power, work status and access to resources in nearly all societies. This book provides a critical analysis of how women's disadvantaged position in different societies, and across various dimensions of their lives has an adverse effect on their health. A key thread is the need to integrate a gender perspective with the hitherto dominant perspective of socio-economic factors having a pivotal impact on health. The book contains chapters from a wide range of eminent authors to illustrate the ways in which socially constructed gender roles lead to differential exposure to risk factors. This clearly written book should be essential reading within the fields of public health, epidemiology and for health policy makers.'

Sara Arber, Professor, University of Surrey, UK.

'Research into inequalities in health has expanded greatly over the past decade, but much of this work remains gender-blind. This innovative book offers to remedy the situation by bringing together authoritative chapters from authors taking a wide range of perspectives on the underlying issues. Unlike most of the plethora of publications on inequalities in health this book offers new perspectives and a new focus; it deserves to be widely read and discussed.'

George Davey-Smith, Professor, University of Bristol, UK.


An oddnography of mad people's work with culture

2002/10/04    JUHA


Els van Dongen:
"Walking stories - An oddnography of mad people's work with culture"


From the prologue:

'This book is my debt to the people of the closed wards of a mental hospital in the south of the Netherlands, where I started my work as an anthropologist many years ago. I became indebted because the people shared with me what they had: their stories and (part of) their lives. For as long as I have not given back what was given to me, their stories and lives have haunted me. I have written about my research and the study of mental illness and health care during the years, but I have never before published my manuscript about my first experiences, because I felt that I could not. I felt that the stories were too incomplete and that I understood too little. But the stories were not inactive. They appeared in doctorate thesis and articles. They became more complete after many new visits to the wards and meetings with the people who told them. I decided to revisit them, as I revisited the field so many times in order to 'unfreeze' them and to bring them where they belong: in life.

In this book, I am not aiming at understanding madness, or schizophrenia. I try to understand culture through madness. The underlying question is: what can one say about a culture when one studies the stories and the of mad people. When I went into the hospital, my aim was to study how people deal with mental illness and how mental illness could be understood from the perspective of the people themselves. Now, I must admit that madness taught me more about the power of culture and the power of people than about madness.'

Table of contents

Prologue. Revisiting the field and the stories

1. Elmer Fudd is hunting Bugs Bunny. Anthropological work in closed wards
2. What to do with walking stories?
3. Vincent, Morrison and the cosmic man. Desire and resistance of a schizophrenic man
4. 'I fucked a "nigger"'. The burden of the eternal return
5. Fight with the dragon. Old myths to live by
6. Big mother is watching me. How Rosa became insane through her mother's imaginations and control
7. Epilogue. Oddnography, magic and resistance

References


The book costs € 12,50. You can order it from
www.rozenbergps.com




Medical Anthropology at Home 2003 - First announcement

2002/10/04    JUHA


MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY AT HOME 3°
Medical anthropology, welfare state and political engagement

PERUGIA (ITALY) 24-27 SEPTEMBER 2003

FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

The third meeting "Medical Anthropology at Home" will be held in Perugia on September 24-27 2003.

The general title of the meeting is "Medical anthropology, welfare state and political engagement"

The meeting will be focused on three themes:

ð Medical anthropology, welfare state and political engagement

ð Patients, health services, power. Human conditions, deliverance of care and patients' strategies in a changing medical context.

ð Spreading people and ideas. Migrations, medical pluralism and creolization of medical cultures.

The official languages of the meeting will be English and Spanish, and will be possible to send abstracts and papers in one of the two languages.

The pre-inscriptions has to be filled in on line from 1 November to 20 January (the e-address will be communicated in the second announcement by 15 october); the form will contain personal and professional data, the title and an abstract (30 lines maximum) of the proposed contribution. By 28 february the peer board will confirm the accepted contribution; and by 30 May the participation has to be confirmed and the inscription payed. The inscription cost will be:
Senior: € 140
Junior: € 90

It will be possible to book an hotel on-line.


Spiritual Baptist Rituals and Cosmology in Caribbean

2002/11/04    JUHA


Marching to Zion is an ethnographic analysis of Spiritual Baptists in Tobago. It describes how their visions, dreams, and Spiritual journeys reproduce a fascinating cosmology, and how this cosmology is materialised and transformed in a wide variety of rituals. Although individual experience and creativity are the core of the religion, they take place within a coherent and controlled system of collective representations. This dynamic between innovativeness and structure in the Spiritual Baptist religion provides an interesting angle to discourses about cultural purity and authenticity.

Rich in ethnography Laitinen's work will be of interest for those working in Carribbean or with the themes of creolisation and rituals (including healing rituals).

Marching to Zion is available on the net too:
http://ethesis.helsinki.fi


MÉDICAMENTS ET SOCIÉTÉ

2002/11/26    JUHA


Presses Universitaires de France
Collection « Ethnologies – Controverses »
2001

Quelle est la place des médicaments et des ordonnances dans la vie des individus, celle qu'ils leur accordent dans le processus de guérison, et celle qu'ils leur assignent dans l'univers domestique ? Comment comprendre les différentes attitudes face au corps, à la douleur, aux médicaments psychotropes, et les comportements de soumission ou de résistance face au médecin ? Comment expliquer que certains patients fassent partager leurs traitements à leurs proches, que d’autres recopient leurs ordonnances ou que d’autres encore achètent des médicaments qu’ils ne consomment pas ?

Tenant pour acquise l’influence du milieu social sur les comportements à l’égard de la santé, l’auteur se penche ici sur les variations qui existent au sein d’une même catégorie sociale. A partir d’une observation ethnologique de plusieurs années dans des services hospitaliers et au domicile des malades, elle s’interroge sur l’observance, l’automédication, la perception des médicaments ou les relations à l’égard des médecins, chez des patients de diverses origines culturelles religieuses (catholique, protestante, juive ou musulmane).

Cet ouvrage aborde les grands problèmes que se pose l’anthropologie, qu'il s'agisse de la réflexion sur l’efficacité, le savoir, le corps, ou l’autorité, et permet de reformuler des questions fondamentales, comme celle de l'incidence de la culture sur les pratiques sociales et les conduites corporelles. Il montre en particulier que les comportements des patients portent l’empreinte de leur origine culturelle, et que cette empreinte est la marque de l’histoire. A travers cette recherche, il s'agit non seulement de connaître et de comprendre l'usage des médicaments mais aussi de savoir ce que l'usage des médicaments nous révèle des individus et de la société.

Sylvie Fainzang, anthropologue, chercheur à l’INSERM, est membre du Cermès (centre de recherche médecine, sciences, santé et société). Elle est l’auteur de plusieurs ouvrages sur les représentations et les pratiques relatives au corps et à la maladie, notamment d’une Ethnologie des anciens alcooliques, la liberté ou la mort, Paris, PUF, 1996.


AN INTERESTING PH.D. THESIS IN AARHUS

2002/12/03    JUHA


Mette Bech Risør was defending her thesis ”Den gyldne middelvej. Sundhedsfremme i hverdagen – en antropologisk analyse af gravide kvinders praktiske resonnement i relation til rygevaner” in October at the University of Aarhus. The thesis was about smoking and especially about pregnant women’s ways of reasoning about their smoking, about why to quit or why not. The thesis belongs to the domain of anthropology of knowledge and the general questions originate from the recent theoretical discussions of knowledge as a social and cultural construction, as of professional and practical knowledge as situated and contextual.

Mette did her field work in 1999-2000 in a health prevention project in Aarhus, launched by Skejby Sygehus. The aim of the project was to assist in smoking cessation among pregnant women. Altogether 790 women participated in the project. Mette Risors study consisted of qualitative interviews and focus-group interwiews of a group of women who participated in the project and of some of those who did not. Also a participant observation during the course and in the homes of pregnant women was included.

The Ph.D. work is a multi-sited ethnography in the sense that the sites also consist of discourse of public health and epidemiological knowledge in the health prevention literature and the epidemiological research unit of the hospital. Ethnography of epidemiological knowledge makes an interesting contribution to the study.

The field data of pregnant women’s smoking narratives are analyzed in the light of a variety of contextual issues. It seems to be that smoking as a factor may not be sufficiently complex to account for the distinction between women who do and who don’t stop smoking during pregnancy; smoking as a risk factor in the epidemiological sense is dismissed as an insufficient tool to understand smoking. Smoking as a health risk, as defined in the prevention program, is also considered too narrow by the pregnant women; what they do is a negation of their smoking in relation to living a ”good life”. This is the reason why questions of health and ”good life” constitute important reference points when women make sense of their everyday life and the importance of smoking.

Practice is in itself a form of knowledge; this is the theoretical approach Mette Risør has in her analysis. Action does not presuppose knowledge but is knowledge. In their everyday life situations, women know, act and balance by using ”the golden mean”, balancing with the concerns for social situation, for family, children, the own body, pregnancy and ongoing events in life. The questions of smoking are embedded in these contexts.

The thesis is important for anthropologists but also for medical researchers and for people doing prevention work and wondering why there is a consistent finding of non-compliance and poor results with prevention programs. Worth while of reading for every one who is interested in anthropology of knowledge, both professional and everyday life ways of knowing.


RELIGION (MEANING MAKING), CULTURE AND HEALTH

2003/03/06    ANNA


Religion (meaning making), culture & health

Course description: Part-time, Distance-based learning.
Course language: English
Prerequisites: University degree, 120 points (=180 ECTS-credites).
Selection process: Interviews, selection test can occur.
Credits: Socrates EU diploma program 60 ECTS-credits (40 poäng).

This study program is designed as a half-time program over a two-year period. Distance-based learning is used to provide maximal access to resources and communication. The Nordic program will be conducted in English. Assignments may be written in English or Swedish.

This advanced, research-oriented program consists of a co-operative arrangement among Uppsala and Lund universities in Sweden and Åbo Academy University in Finland and is part of a multi-university European network. It is designed for professionals and researchers in the healthcare fields and pastoral care contexts. The program adresses theoretical and applied levels of analysis. The objective is to provide competency-based research skills in the following areas: existential cultural and gender- dimensions of psychosocial health and illness. The program components include: seminar in methodology; thematic courses: techniques of ecstasy, coping and worldview, religion and mental health; research seminar; and scientific paper. A problem-based-learning pedagogy is used.

For more information contact Catrin Schulze. Application for admission must be made on April 15 at the latest. A special application form is required and should be obtained from the Department of Theology or the Student Office.

Teologiska institutionen
Studievägledning
Catrin Schulze
catrin.schulze@teol.uu.se
Tel: 018-471 21 69
Fax: 018-71 01 70
Address:
Teologiska institutionen
Box 1604
751 46 Uppsala
Sweden


IV NORDIC CONFERENCE IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY, Oslo 2004

2003/10/27    JUHA


IV NORDIC CONFERENCE IN MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Noresund (ca 50 km from Oslo), Norway 26-29 August 2004.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Health and Identity in Risky Times

The topic of the fourth network seminar in medical anthropology concerns the potential connection between people’s health and their identity in contemporary society. We are living in a risky and uncertain environment (real or perceived) where issues of health for the individual as well as for social and political institutions of governance have become an increasingly pressing problem to attend to and control. The perception of health risks as a consequence of pollution, stress, technological/genetic manipulation and other environmental factors are subject to public criticism and scientific investigation and contestations. Furthermore, health issues have achieved central importance in social and political debates and practice. The modern industrial society whose major aim was to produce wealth for the betterment of the living conditions of the masses, has by its hazardous side effects turned into a ‘risk society’ during the latter three decades or so. For example, for many people, problems with obesity have taken the place of hunger. In our times, the management of health has become a personal concern and to a great extent an issue of individual responsibility. In other words, the ‘health discourse’ as it unfolds globally is largely a matter of lifestyle and morality, and of personal welfare and well-being. In this sense the issue of ‘health’ connects to conceptualisation of identity and the management of self, as well as to local, national and international institutions of governance. Health, identity, risk and power are concepts, which should guide the seminar papers. The seminar encourages cross-cultural comparisons.

We have identified four sub-themes for the organisation of the seminar:

1) ‘Managing health: responsibility and lifestyle’. This sub-issue concerns the interface between perceptions of good health and conceptualisation of the moral person. The care of body and self and how this relates to the social and cultural concept of the person in the late modern era in the West, and globally.

2) ‘Making the body beautiful: aesthetics and morality’. This sub-theme is about the concept and practice of lifestyle and morality, and how various forms of body manipulation (excessive slimming, cosmetic surgery, ritual scarification and tattooing, circumcision etc.) are connected to such issues.

3) ‘Cultural concepts of ‘resilience’ and ‘coping’’. How do people live with and construct their life-worlds when faced with longlasting pain and suffering? How are situations of stress and risk handled within varying cultural settings?

4)’ Institutional governance and personal bodies’. This sub-theme is wide and concerns the interface between institutional governance (governmental health authorities, medical firms, etc.) and the individual body in Western as well as in cross-cultural situations.


For the Nordic Network in Medical Anthropology


Prof. Aud Talle Prof. Bendicte Ingstad

Department of social anthropology
Section of medical anthropology (Department of general medicine)
University of Oslo


e-mail: ragnhild.beyrer@samfunnsmed.uio.no

An Important Dissertation on Islam and Somali Women

2003/10/31    JUHA


Arjen islam: Somalinaisten elämää Suomessa
Everyday Islam: The life of Somali women in Finland

Marja Tiilikainen
University of Helsinki

The aim of the research is to understand the experiences, agency and religiosity of Somali refugee women in Finland from the point of view of their everyday life and home in the diaspora. The study is based on ethnographic fieldwork among Somali women in the metropolitan area of Helsinki in 1996-2002. In addition, the data consists of an anthology of Somali women’s poetry. The research is associated with the fields of comparative religion and medical anthropology.

The lives of Somali women are connected to a transnational family which plays an important role in the various problems of family life in Finland. Home in the diaspora is a multidimensional process, which is linked through transnational connections all the way to Somalia. Everyday Islam derives from the everyday life of women and mothers, where they interpret and in many ways “make” Islam. It is a part of Somali women’s religious memory, its deeper layers consisting of spirits and related possession rituals. Islam seems to be a kind of home for women in the diaspora, but it also seems to be a field of contention regarding the genuine authority to define “correct” Islam. There appears to be no more space for Somali women’s social and religious memory amongst the new Islamic interpretations in the diaspora.

Despite their suffering, Somali women are active agents in their own situation. Painful experiences of the civil war and marginalization in Finland are expressed in bodily symptoms, to which they give meanings and search for a remedy both as modern Finnish citizens and on the basis of their own religious and cultural background. In the diaspora, social remembering and forgetting have gained significance as moral acts in the construction of identity. The bodily symptoms can be seen as a way of remembering and creating a relationship to the past. Moreover, the symptoms strengthen the mutual bonds between women. The diaspora and living in Finland have also provided Somali women with new opportunities. Communality and the ability to create space for themselves are their resources.

See also:  medanthro.kaapeli.fi/people?t=9&sid=1
e-mail: marja.tiilikainen@helsinki.fi

A New Book: "Worlds of psychotic people."

2004/02/13    JUHA


ELS VAN DONGEN:"Worlds of psychotic people.
Wanderers, 'bricoleurs' and strategists'. London/New York Routledge, 2004

This is what they say on the back cover:

Is there any truth in the old idea that psychotic people have access to a world of meaning, which remains locked to others? Worlds of Psychotic People brings a fresh twenty-first century voice to the lives of those with serious psychological disorders, focusing on the way in which psychiatric patients experience their subjective worlds.

Based on ethnographic research gathered at the psychiatric hospital of Saint Anthony's in the Netherlands over a period of five years, it seeks to describe from the perspective of the mental patient some of the fears and hopes that mark an individual's encounter with the reality of a clinical mental ward.

Balancing details from patient interviews and observation with the author's theoretical insights into clinical psychiatric practice, Worlds of Psychotic People considers such dilemmas as: how do psychotics struggle to express subjectivity in an atmosphere designed to restrain demonstrative emotion? How do they maintain personal integrity within a completely
ordered regime? How do the distinctive symptoms displayed by many psychotic and schizophrenic patients - including disordered speech, the experiencing of words as physical sensations, and fear of touch - interact with the demands of standard therapeutic procedure? Introducing the concept of the psychotic patient as a wanderer through culture, creating a 'bricolage' reality from materials at hand, Els van Dongen aims to open up the often secretive exchanges that take place between therapists and patients, and to seek new meanings and interpretations from these for use within the therapeutic endeavour.


Course in Ethnography 23.-27.2.2004

2004/02/23    VERONIKA



Terveyden ja sairauden etnografinen tutkimus -
kenttä, "koti" ja etnografia oman kulttuurin piirissä


DPPH (Doctoral School of Public Health) ja Helsingin yliopiston sosiologian laitos
Tutkijankoulutuskurssi

4 ov koko kurssi
1 ov luento-osuus 23.2.- 27.2.04
2 ov luennot ja essee

Vastaava opettaja dosentti Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

Vierailevana opettajana on professori Els van Dongen Amsterdamin yliopistosta.

Kurssipaikka on Helsingin yliopiston Porthanian saleissa Vuorikatu 20 sh 11 (ma) ja 702 Porthaniassa; tarkista www-sivulta

Kurssi rakentuu kolmesta osasta. Ensimmäinen osa pidetään intensiiviopetuksena 23.2 -27.2.
Kahden kuukauden aikana opiskelijat tekevät harjoitustyön, analysoivat alustavasti keräämänsä aineiston ja raportoivat sen kurssin toisella puoliskolla, joka pidetään 26-29.4.2004.

Kurssi pidetään englanniksi. Professori van Dongen pitää luentonsa 24.2. - 27.2. aamupäivisin

Els van Dongen on alankomaalainen antropologi, joka toimii Amsterdamin yliopiston AMMA(Medical Anthropology Master) ohjelman vastaavana henkilönä ja MAAH (Medical Anthropology at Home in Europe) tutkijaverkoston vastaavana. Hän on tehnyt kenttätyötä psykiatrisessa sairaalassa Hollannissa ja julkaissut siitä useita artikkeleita. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo on akatemiatutkija, joka vastaa Suomen Akatemian tutkimusprojekteista Expressions of Suffering - Ethnographies of Illness Experiences in Contemporary Finland ja Changes in Populations - Changes in Distress

Kurssin lukulista, ks web-sivu.
opetustehtävät, ks web-sivu

Kurssin alustava ohjelma:

Viikko I 23.2. - 27.2. 2004

ma 23.2.
Theme I Introduction to ethnographic research

10.15 - 11.00 Kurssin esittely ja tavoitteet dos. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

11.15 - 13.00 Lääketieteellisen antropologian peruskysymyksiä
Terveys ja sairaus kulttuurisina kysymyksinä
Tutkimusalan esittelyä
Metodi

13 - 14 lounas

14.30 - 16 Etnografia ja sairauden tutkimus "kotona"
Pohjois-Karjala ja suomenruotsalainen rannikkokylä sairausreprentaatioiden kenttänä
MA Susanne Ådahl, dos. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

ti 24.2.04
Theme II “Field” in field work

9.15 - 11 What is field in ethnographic field work?
Professor Els van Dongen
11- 12 discussion

13 - 14 lounas

14- 16 How to get there?
And get away from there? MA Susanne Ådahl
To do field work at home MA Susanne Ådahl, Ph.D. Marja Tiilikainen


25.2.04
Teema III “Home” in medical anthropology

9.15 -11 Themes of home
Professor Els van Dongen
11 -12 discussion

lounas

omatoiminen opiskelu

26.2.04.
Teema IV “Other” and Otherness

9.15 - 11 “Other” in anthropology
11 - 12 discussion

lounas

14 -16 Mitä on “koti” kenttätyössä kotona
FT Marja Tiilikainen


27.2.04
Theme: Ethics
9.15 -11 Ethics and field work
Professor Els van Dongen
11 -12 discussion

lounas

14-16
Etnografisen aineiston analyysi ja kirjoittaminen
Johdanto harjoitustyön tekemiseen
Toisen kurssiviikon esittely

Yhteenveto

Viikot 10 -17 on varattu harjoituskenttätyön tekemiseen.


Viikko 18
26.4. - 28.4.
on varattu seminaareihin ja ryhmätöiden esittelyyn.

Lähettäkää matkakorvaushakemuksenne tohtorikouluun osoitteella Sirkka
Koskinen, Kansanterveyden tutkijakoulu, PL 41, 00014 Helsingin yliopisto.
Osallistujien matkakulut korvataan tohtorikoulun varoista vain hakemuksen
pohjalta.

Lisätietoja kurssiin liittyen Marja-Liisa Honkasalo ja Susanne Ådahl
puh 09-191 23082, 191 23915 tai
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo
Tervetuloa!


Ethnography of Health, Illness and Care
A research course for graduate students
(4 credits)

Doctoral School of Public Health/Departments of Public Health, U Helsinki and Tampere
Docent Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (teacher in charge),
Invited teacher Professor Els van Dongen U. of Amsterdam and AMMA
MA Susanne Ådahl, course assistant

4 credits the course, 1 credit first week lectures only
A preparatory reading list and exercises, please follow the DPPH and this web page.

Preliminary program

Week I 23.2. - 27.2. 2004

Mo 23.2.
Theme I Introduction to ethnographic research

10.15 - 11.00 Presentation of the course, Marja-Liisa Honkasalo
11 -13 Medical anthropology – some basic questions
The question of field,
Method

13 - 14 lunch

14 - 16 Ethnography at home – some examples of Finnish studies
MA Susanne Ådahl, doc. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo


Tu 24.2.04
Theme II “Field” in field work

9.15 - 11 What is field in ethnographic field work?
Professor Els van Dongen
11- 12 discussion

13 - 14 lunch

14- 16 How to get there?
And get away from there? MA Susanne Ådahl
To do field work at home MA Susanne Ådahl, Ph.D. Marja Tiilikainen

We 25.2.04
Teema III “Home” in medical anthropology

9.15 -11 Themes of home
Professor Els van Dongen
11 -12 discussion

lunch

14 -16 Own studies

Thu 26.2.04.
Teema IV “Other” and Otherness

9.15 - 11 “Other” in anthropology
11 - 12 discussion

lunch

14 -16 “Home” in antropology at home
Ph.D. Marja Tiilikainen

Fri 27.2.04
Theme: Ethics
9.15 -11 Ethics and field work
Professor Els van Dongen
11 -12 discussion

lunch

14-16
Analyzing data
Writing an ethnographic report

Introduction to field work exercise
Introduction to field work exercise /M-LH, SÅ

Weeks 10 -17 are for field work exercise, analyses, and writing of a preliminary report

Week 18
26.4. - 28.4.
is reserved for the final seminar.


More information about the course, please contact Marja-Liisa Honkasalo or Susanne Ådahl
phone 09-191 23082, 191 23915 or
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo






Research Results

2004/02/24    VERONIKA



MARJA-LIISA HONKASALO


Honkasalo M.-L. (2003a) Brutalités de l´Histoire et Mémoire du Corps. Ethnologie Française, XXXIII, 287-293.

Honkasalo M-L, Hinkkanen R (2003) Boundaries and continuities - a genealogical approach to some illness representations in Finland. Antropologia medica 13-14: 167 -190.

Honkasalo M-L. (2003b) Pain, Self and the Body. The American Journal of Semiotics, 17, 9-41.

Honkasalo M-L & Hinkkanen R (2003) Sairaaksi syöttämällä tai säikähtämällä. Kirjassa: Honkasalo M-L, Kangas I & Seppälä UM (toim.) Sairas, potilas, omainen – näkökulmia sairauden kokemukseen, 13-45. Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Helsinki.

Honkasalo M-L, Kangas I, Seppälä UM (toim.) (2003) Sairas, potilas, omainen - näkökulmia sairauden kokemukseen. Helsinki: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura.

Invited lectures:


Honkasalo M-L: I confini, I corpi. La Sofferanza, La Malattia e Le Donne a Nord Carelia. An invited lecture presented at the Associazione Internazionale di Ernesto de Martino. La Sapienza, Roma, 29 January, 2003.

Honkasalo M-L: Genus och sjukdomsföreställningar - om vardagstolkningar i Nordkarelen. Vetenskapsrådet: Genus och medicinsk forskning. Umeå Universitet, 6-7 November, 2003.

Honkasalo M-L: Tunteet, tutkimus ja sukupuoli. Naistutkimuspäivät/ The National Conference of the Finnish Women’s Studies Association. University of Rovaniemi, 14-15 November, 2003.

Other conference papers:


Making continuities – illness representations, agency and presenza in Finnish North Karelia. Paper presented at the 3th Conference of MAAH; Medical Anthropology at Home, Perugia, 24-27 September, 2003.

From rescuing heroic subjects to blaming of individuals: the transformation of the ethos of coronary prevention in Finland. A poster presented at the Vital Politics-conference. Health, Medicine and Bioeconomics into the twenty-first century. London School of Economics, 5 -7 September, 2003.

Other presentations:


Kipu, hiljaisuus ja non-kommunikaatio. Pain, silence and non-communication. A presentation at the workshop of non-communication. Finnish Literature Society, February 6, 2003.


TERHI UTRIAINEN


"Être là et être là. Au chevet des mourants." Ethnologie francaise. 2003 / 263-269.

"Ethnography in a modern hospice: construction of sacrality behind the seemingly natural" Ethnographica et folkloristica carpathica, 2002, 12-13, 47-61.

Lectures:


"The Modern Pietá". Une rencontre Franco-Finlandaises; Société d'Ethnologie Francaise et Institut Finlandais, 25 avril 2003, Paris.

Working groups in conferences:


Työryhmä "Myths, icons and narratives in media contents". Sacred Media -konferenssissa 11.-13.7.2003, Jyväskylä.

Työryhmä "Miltä usko tuntuu?" Naistutkimuspäivät 2003, 14.-15.11.2003, Rovaniemi.

Lectures in educational events:


"Kärsimykseen suhtautumisen tavat ja mahdollisuudet". Suomen sairaanhoitajaliiton, Uudenmaan sairaanhoitajat ry:n järjestämä koulutustilaisuus 6.5.2003, Helsinki.

"Groundlines for thinking about suffering". Pohjoismaiden hemitologihoitajien koulutuspäivät 9.11.2003, Helsinki.


MARJA TIILIKAINEN

Publications:


Tiilikainen, Marja 2003: Somali Women and Daily Islam in the Diaspora. Social Compass 50(1): 59-69.

Tiilikainen, Marja 2003: Arjen islam: somalinaisten elämää Suomessa. Väitöskirja. Tampere: Vastapaino.

Lectures:


10.2.2003 Somalinaiset, sairauden kokemus ja parantaminen. Luento Lääketieteen kulttuuriset haasteet -luentosarjassa Turun yliopistossa.

13.2.2003 Somaliperheet ja äitien arki: näkökulma maahanmuuttajaperheiden tukemiseen. Luento Vammaisten lasten ja nuorten tukisäätiön järjestämässä seminaarissa, Helsinki.

11.3.2003 Somalialaisesta kulttuurista. Luento Kulttuurit tutuksi –luentosarjassa, Vantaan kaupunki.

4.4.2003 Näkökulmia somalityttöjen terveys- ja seksuaalikasvatukseen. Luento Seksuaalineuvonnan perusteet –jatkokoulutuksessa. Helsingin ammattikorkeakoulu Stadia.

5.4.2003 Somalinaisten sairauskäsityksistä. Luento Pakolainen terveydenhuollossa –seminaarissa. Järj. Lääkärin sosiaalinen vastuu ry, Kellokoski.

8.4.2003 Somali women in Finland. Luento Islam, gender and globalization –luentosarjassa. Uskontotieteen laitos, Helsingin yliopisto.

21.1.2003-8.4.2003 Islam, gender and globalization –luentosarjan toisena vastuuhenkilönä toimiminen. Uskontotieteen laitos, Helsingin yliopisto.

7.5.2003 Stressi vai henget: somalinaiset, sairauden kokemus ja parantaminen. Luento Terveys ja islam –seminaarissa. Turun Kulttuurikeskuksen Kansainvälinen kohtauspaikka.

11.10.2003 Väitöstilaisuus

6.11.2003 Onko terveyskäsitys kulttuurisidonnainen? Luento Sairaudet, terveys- ja kulttuurikäsitykset perusterveydenhuollon haasteena –koulutuksessa. Järj. Etelä-Suomen lääninhallitus, Helsinki.

19.11.2003 Somalinaiset Suomessa. Luento ikäihmisten yliopistossa, Vantaa.

26.11.2003 Etnografiaa maahanmuuttajanaisten parissa. Luento Invandrarforskning i Finland –luentosarjassa, Svenska social- och kommunalhögskolan, Helsingin yliopisto.

9.12.2003 Islam somalinaisten arjessa Suomessa. Opintopiiri Kansainvälisessä kulttuurikeskus Caisassa, järj. PAND – taiteilijat rauhan puolesta.

International seminars and conferences:


5.-7.9.2003 FOKO (Forskning om kvinnelig omskjæring) – verkoston (pohjoismainen tyttöjen ympärileikkauksiin liittyvä tutkijaverkosto) konferenssi Malmössä, Ruotsissa.

Interviews:


Tyttöjen ympärileikkaus –Akuutti, TV 2, 23.9.2003

Kipujen takana on koko eletty elämä –Aamulehti 9.10.2003

Islam määrittää somalinaisten arkea –Helsingin Sanomat 11.10.2003

Kodin rakentaminen poissa kotoa –Yliopisto 17/2003: 31-33

Somalinaisia auttaisi sosiaali- ja terveydenhuollon tiivis yhteistyö –Suomen Lääkärilehti 42/2003:4213

Kuka minä olen? –Inhimillinen tekijä, TV 2, 18.11.2003

Somalialaiset tienraivaajina –Palkkatyöläinen 10 / 10.12.2003

Hunnun kuvia –Pakolainen 4/2003

Koti on tunnetila –Asukaslehti 4/2003

JUHA SOIVIO


Soivio, Juha 2003: Lääketieteellinen teknologia ja sydänsairauden kokemus. Teoksessa Honkasalo & Kangas & Seppälä (toim.) Potilas, Sairas, Omainen. Näkökulmia sairauden kokemiseen. Tampere, SKS.

For further information on research results, contact:
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo


Projektin kirja ilmestyy lokakuussa Vastapainolta

2004/06/24    VERONIKA


ARKI SATUTTAA - Kärsimyksiä suomalaisessa nykypäivässä
Toim. Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Terhi Utriainen ja Anna Leppo

Voiko kärsimystä uskottavasti tutkia nykyaikaisen yhteiskuntaelämän piirissä? Vai onko kärsimys teologinen ja metafyysinen kysymys, jonka ajankohtaisuus on kauan sitten kadonnut? Tämän kirjan tarkoituksena on herättää keskustelua kärsimyksestä suomalaisessa arjessa. Kirja kuvaa kärsimystä etnografian ja kulttuurintutkimuksen välinein ja pyrkii avaamaan näkökulmia siihen, miten suomalainen kärsimys ilmenee, millaisissa prosesseissa se syntyy, millaisin keinoin sitä lievitetään ja miten sitä voitaisiin tutkimuksellisesti ymmärtää.

Teoksessa kärsimys ymmärretään yhteiskunnallisena ja historiallisena, moninaisena ja monikollisena. Kärsimys liitetään suomalaisen yhteiskunnan muutokseen, joka tarjoaa uusia alkuja monelle mutta myös hauraita paikkoja, joissa ote maailmasta ei pidä. Kirjoittajat tarkastelevat kärsimystä neljästä eri näkökulmasta. Yhteiskunnallisen muutoksen kysymykset peilautuvat käsityksiin moraalista, kärsimyksen lievittämisestä ja sen jaettavuudesta. Kirjassa kysytään, miten nykyaikaiset instituutiot kuten terveydenhuolto ja lääketiede mahdollisesti lisäävät kärsimystä tai helpottavat ihmisten elämää. Kärsimystä peilataan lisäksi suhteessa jatkuvuuteen, paikkaan ja juurtumiseen sekä niiden menettämisen uhkaan. Kirja pyrkii myös valottamaan kysymystä kärsimyksen tutkimisen mahdollisuuksista ja reunaehdoista.

Kirjan sisällysluettelo:

Esipuhe

JOHDANTO
- Terhi Utriainen ja Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Kärsimys, paha ja kulttuurintutkimus

KÄRSIMYS JA KULTTUURINEN MURROS
- Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: "Elämä on ahasta täällä" -- Otteita maailmasta, joka ei pidä kiinni
- Susanne Ådahl: "Enemmän kiinni maassa ei voi ollakaan" -- Kärsimyksiä maisemassa

KÄRSIMYS, EROT JA TULKINNAT
- Marja Tiilikainen: Kerrottuja ja vaiettuja tarinoita -- Somalinaiset Suomessa
- Salome Tuomaala: Kärsimyksen rajat ja vapauden mahdollisuudet aborttipuheessa
- Juha Soivio: Kärsimys, lääketiede ja toivo -- Esimerkkinä sydäninfarktin hoito

KÄRSIMYS JA KULTTUURINEN JATKUVUUS
- Vilma Hänninen ja Senni Timonen: "Huoli" ja "masennus"-- Kärsimyksiä ennen ja nyt
- Terhi Utriainen: Suojaavat kehykset ja kärsimyksen alastomuus


Arki satuttaa. Kärsimyksiä suomalaisessa nykypäivässä

2004/10/11    MIKA


Toimittaneet: Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Terhi Utriainen ja Anna Leppo
Vastapaino, Tampere 2004

Halu selittää ja poistaa kärsimys ja paha on riivannut ihmistä aina ja kaikkialla. Kokonaisia tieteenaloja ja yhteiskunnallisia liikkeitä on niin ikään motivoinut perustava halu selittää ja lievittää niitä moninaisia kärsimyksiä, joita elämä luonnon ja yhteiskunnan liitoksessa tuottaa. Mielestämme kärsimys ei ole vain metafyysinen tai teologinen ongelma vaan ennen muuta tärkeä yhteiskuntatieteen ja kulttuurintutkimuksen kysymys. Mutta millä tavalla on mahdollista tutkia kärsimystä uskottavasti nykyaikaisen yhteiskuntaelämän piirissä?

Arki satuttaa haluaa aloittaa seuraavanlaisten kysymysten esittämisen: Miten suomalainen kärsimys ilmenee? Miten ja millaisten yhteiskunnallisten prosessien uumenissa sitä syntyy? Millaisia kulttuurisia ja historiallisia taustoja suomalaisella kärsimyksellä on? Miten sitä lievitetään ja miten sitä voidaan tutkimuksellisesti ymmärtää? Kirjoittajien tarkoituksena on tutkia kärsimyksen kautta myös ihmisten perustavia arvoja, tarpeita, haluja ja kokemuksia. Arki satuttaa paneutuu näihin kysymyksiin suomalaisen arjen ja nykypäivän kontekstissa. ‘Kärsimys’ on tarkoitettu kattokäsitteeksi, jonka alla voidaan tarkastella erilaisia pirstovia kokemuksia kuten diasporaa, masennusta tai sairautta sekä muita usein piiloon jääviä elämää jäytävän pahan olon muotoja. Kirjassa on valotettu kärsimystä myös postiivisena, ihmisen hyvään elämään kuuluvana tekijänä.

Kirjassa pureudutaan lähietäisyydeltä suomalaisen yhteiskunnan muutoksiin, jotka ovat tuoneet monia uudistuksia mutta myös hauraita elämänalueita ja paljon epävarmuutta. Kirjoittajat edustavat eri tieteenaloja mutta kaikkia yhdistää etnografinen tutkimusmenetelmä, joka mahdollistaa “tiheän kuvauksen” suomalaisen yhteiskunnan arkielämän vaihtelevuudesta. Kirjan luvut perustuvat nykysuomalaisten kokemuksille ja kertomuksille elämästä, joka ei aina – erilaisista syistä johtuen – pidä ihmisestä tarpeeksi hyvin kiinni. Arki satuttaa -kirjan kuvaamia ihmisiä ovat Pohjois-Karjalan rakennemuutosten pitkän historian läpi eläneet, Lounais-Suomen viljelijät Euroopan yhteisön ja globalisaation tuottamassa uudessa tilanteessa, Suomeen muuttaneet pakolaiset, masennuksesta tai huolesta kärsivät, sydänsairaat tai abortin kokijat. Heidän kertomustensa ja kokemustensa kautta kirjassa piirtyy kuva elämästä sellaisessa Suomessa, jota luonnehtii kärsimys ja toiminta sen kanssa. Kuvaamme merkityksiä rakentavien kehysten murenemista ja niitä monenlaisia keinoja, joilla elämää kuitenkin pyritään pitämään omissa käsissä.

Kirja on tarkoitettu kaikille kulttuurista, yhteiskunnasta ja terveydestä kiinnostuneille.


New Research Project

2004/03/09    VERONIKA



Changes in the population, changes in distress - challenges for Finnish health care


Person in charge: Docent, academy senior fellow Marja-Liisa Honkasalo



The aims
of our interdisciplinary research are three-fold. In brief, our aims are to study

1) how certain changes in Finland's demographic structure and other crucial changes in society are influencing the relationship between the individual and the welfare system, especially in terms of morality,

2) how the expectations and experiences of certain population groups with regards to the Finnish health care system are constructed and

3) how professional, biomedically-based knowledge and practical competence are constituted in order to meet the new challenges.

Theoretical and empirical background:


We will study both 1) the expectations and experiences of the customers/patients involved, and 2) how health care professionals in an institutional setting face the challenges. Our research design is based on four themes of social change concerning 1) immigrants, 2) ageing 3) changing lifestyles, 4) illness panorama and the (bio)medical ways of defining populations and illnesses. We will study these themes through four different case studies.

The research project will contribute to the development of health care services and health care services research e.g. in the following areas: new understanding of morally and ethically sound service delivery and new theoretical and methodological competence, especially with regards to methods that take into account the voices of the "weak consumers" of the health care services.


Sub-projects:
Mulki Mölsä, M.D.: Mental health problems among the elderly immigrants in Finland (a Ph.D. study in public health)

Marja Tiilikainen, Ph.D. : Somali families in the context of transnational health care (post-doc studying comparative religion and medical anthropology)

Anna Leppo MA: Health care services and antenatal substance abuse in Finland and Scotland (a Ph.D. study in sociology)

Annika Lillrank Ph.D. Chronic pain sufferers in social interaction with health care. (a post doc study in health policy)

Juha Soivio MA: Finnish health professionals and the challenge of coronary heart disease (a post doc study in medical anthropology)


Participating researchers:

• PhD Annika Lillrank
• PhD Marja Tiilikainen
• Anna Leppo, PhD student
• Mulki Mölsä, PhD student

Research sites:

The Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki and Departments of Public Health, Comparative Religion, Social Policy and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki

Contact information

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo
Collegium of Advanced Studies
University of Helsinki
POB 4, 00014 University of Helsinki




e-mail: marja.liisa@honkasalo.helsinki.fi

PhD Course in Medical Anthropology in Tarragona, Spain

2004/12/17    SUSANNE


The course totals 33 ECTS credits (21 ECTS year 1 and 12 ECTS year 2). The first year is based on a core of four compulsory courses, scheduled over a one-week period in Tarragona which are the following: Cultural Diversity, Power and Health (November 2005); Culture Suffering and Mental Health (November, 2005); Anthropology and International Health (March 2006); Medical Anthropology: Methodology and Theory (May 2006). Additionally students may take three optional courses offered in a number of locations around Spain. In the second year students attend a tutorial course and develop a PhD project.

For more information please refer to the website: http://antropologia.urv.es/medicina and/or contact the course convener:

Josep M. Comelles, e-mail: jmce@urv.net
tel: +34977 559748, fax: +34977 559597


The Fourth Biennal Conference of the European Network of Medical Anthropology at Home, 16.-18.3.2006

2004/10/28    VERONIKA


The fourth Medical Anthropology at Home (MAAH) meeting will take place on the island of Seili on the south west coast of Finland on March 16-18, 2006. It is promoted by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland and the Doctoral School for Public Health Research who also act as the organisers.

Other institutions who have been active promoters are Fondazione Angelo Celli per una cultura della salute (Perugia, Italy), Universita Rovira i Virgili, Departamento d’antropologia social y filosofia (Tarragona, Spain), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Medical Anthropology Unit (Amsterdam, the Netherlands).

The overall theme of the meeting is:

Coming Home: From biomedicine to everyday health issues


Illness and health are issues intimately intertwined with human experience. Throughout the ages humans have sought ways to alleviate distress and explain why we are afflicted with illness and misfortune. Research conducted in the field of medical anthropology focuses to a large degree on clinical settings and human responses to health care interventions. For most individuals health and illness reaches beyond the clinical setting and is part of everyday life long after and long before they visit someone who can heal them and alleviate their distress. The organisers of this conference want to bring the issue of health and illness back home, to the sphere of the home and to the quotidian acts we engage in to remain healthy. Based on the experiences of earlier conferences of the MAAH network we have picked up a number of sub-themes that have carried particular salience such as the methodological issues of medical anthropology conducted “at home”, the concept of culture within psychiatry in an increasingly multi-ethnic Europe, and, experiences of health and illness in quotidian settings:

1. Rethinking home: developments after Zeist 1998.


The issue of medical anthropology conducted in the researcher’s own country is as central as it was to the group of medical anthropologists who met in Zeist in 1998. Now is the time to take stock and consider how the “at home” issue has developed since the first meeting of the network. What are the central methodological and ethical concerns that have emerged and why is research conducted “at home” significant today? The organisers encourage scholars to consider how the concept of culture in health, illness and medicine has evolved and what its role is within research in medical anthropology today. What methodological challenges face the field and how has the issue of ethnography fared over the past ten years? What type of ethnography is produced within the field of medical anthropology? What challenges, limits
and possibilities surround the production of ethnography?

2. Currents problems in the anthropology of psychiatry


In the past anthropology has contributed to the conceptualisation of “culture” in European psychiatry when mental health systems were confronted with persons from other parts of the world, from Europe and abroad (former colonies). This has led to a static conceptualisation, which lies at the basis of many problems in mental health care for immigrant and ethnic groups. How can anthropology contribute to the re-conceptualisation of culture in psychiarty? The aim of the conference is also to tackle the medical power of definition; the issue of normality and abnormality; the questions of psychotropes and use of medicines in solving life problems; the issue of control in society by psychiatry; mental hospitals and historical developments, but also psychiatry as a field to obtain knowledge about society.

3. Outside biomedicine: Perceptions of illnesses, caring and health care in everyday settings.


Health and illness are only part of human misery. Hegemonic concepts of health conceal what people do to remain healthy and sane in very uncertain political, economic and social contexts outside of the biomedical framework. The perceptions and concepts of health and illness of mundane people may differ to a large extent from these hegemonic concepts which is why ideas surrounding caring in health care settings need to be discussed. Everyday theories of health, illness and caring shed light on the manner in which human values and ways of dealing with difficult life situations are incorporated into the totality of human life. How does one come to terms with illness and distress in an everyday setting? What do individuals do to maintain good health?

The medical anthropology at home (MAAH) initiative is a network of and open to
anthropologists from the European countries working mainly in their own country. The purpose of the network and the biennial meetings connected to it is to act as an open forum for the exchange of ideas and information of a theoretical, methodological and empirical nature through regular gatherings. The meetings have followed a set format during all three previous meetings (Zeist, the Netherlands 1998; Tarragona, Spain 2001; Perugia, Italy 2003): participants are requested to submit full papers before the meeting. No parallel sessions are organised during the meeting and a limited number of participants (30 in total) are selected.

The official language of the meeting in Seili, Finland will be English and abstracts and papers must be submitted in English.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 31st January, 2005


Abstracts can be submitted using the pre-inscription form posted on the official website of the conference at http:// medanthro.kaapeli.fi open from January 1st. The form requests you to submit personal and professional data, the title and abstract (maximum 250 words) of the proposed contribution. Please clearly indicate in your abstract which sub-theme your paper belongs under.

FULL PAPER DEADLINE: December 15, 2005

Papers should be submitted in word 95, 98 or 2000 and should be sent to the organisers’ email address to be announced later on the official website of the conference. Papers will be placed on-line (using a password system) by January 15, 2006. All other information pertaining to the meeting will be posted on the website (http//: medanthro.kaapeli.fi).

The inscription costs are:
Senior: 180 euro
Junior: 100 euro

The organisers will apply for funding and the exact costs for the participants are not yet confirmed. Participants will be lodged at the research centre for the Archipelago Sea on the island of Seili. A limited number of single and double rooms are available and they will be distributed at a first come first serve basis. Otherwise you will be booked into a double, three or four person (single sex) room.

ROOM BOOKING DEADLINE: 31st January, 2005


Contact information:

medanthro@luukku.com

Susanne Ådahl
Sosiologian laitos, tutkijat
PL 35 (vironk. 1)
00014 Helsingin yliopisto
fax: +358-9-19124750
tel: +358-9-19123765

See also:  medanthro.kaapeli.fi
e-mail: medanthro@luukku.com

2nd ANNOUNCEMENT, The 4th Biennal Conference of the European Network of Medical Anthropology at Home

2004/12/17    SUSANNE


The fourth Medical Anthropology at Home (MAAH) meeting will take place on the island of Seili on the south west coast of Finland on March 16-18, 2006. It is promoted by the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Helsinki, Finland, the Doctoral School for Public Health Research, University of
Helsinki and the Health Services Research Programme of the Academy of Finland who also act as the organisers.

Other institutions who have been active promoters are Fondazione Angelo Celli per una cultura della salute (Perugia, Italy; meeting organisers in 2003), Universita Rovira i Virgili, Departamento d’antropologia social y filosofia (Tarragona, Spain; meeting organisers in 2001), Universiteit van Amsterdam, Medical Anthropology Unit (Amsterdam, the Netherlands; meeting organisers in Zeist 1998).

The overall theme of the meeting is:

Coming Home: From biomedicine to everyday health issues

Illness and health are issues intimately intertwined with human experience. Throughout the ages humans have sought ways to alleviate distress and explain why we are afflicted with illness and misfortune. Research conducted in the field of medical anthropology focuses to a large degree on clinical settings and human responses to health care interventions. For most individuals health and illness reaches beyond the clinical setting and is part of everyday life long after and long before they visit someone who can heal them and alleviate their distress. The organisers of this conference want to bring the issue of health and illness back home, to the sphere of the home and to the quotidian acts we engage in to remain healthy. Based on the experiences of earlier conferences of the MAAH network we have picked up a number of sub-themes that have carried particular salience such as the methodological issues of medical anthropology conducted “at home”, the concept of culture within psychiatry in an increasingly multi-ethnic Europe, and, experiences of health and illness in quotidian settings:

1. Rethinking home: developments after Zeist 1998.

The issue of medical anthropology conducted in the researcher’s own country is as central as it was to the group of medical anthropologists who met in Zeist in 1998. Now is the time to take stock and consider how the “at home” issue has developed since the first meeting of the network. What are the central methodological and ethical concerns that have emerged and why is research conducted “at home” significant today? The organisers encourage scholars to consider how the concept of culture in health, illness and medicine has evolved and what its role is within research in medical anthropology today. What methodological challenges face the field and how has the issue of ethnography fared over the past ten years? What type of ethnography is produced within the field of medical anthropology? What challenges, limits and possibilities surround the production of ethnography?

2. Current problems in the anthropology of psychiatry

In the past anthropology has contributed to the conceptualisation of “culture” in European psychiatry when mental health systems were confronted with persons from other parts of the world, from Europe and abroad (former colonies). This has led to a static conceptualisation, which lies at the basis of many problems in mental health care for immigrant and ethnic groups. How can anthropology contribute to the re-conceptualisation of culture in psychiatry? The aim of the conference is also to tackle the medical power of definition; the issue of normality and abnormality; the questions of psychotropes and use of medicines in solving life problems; the issue of control in society by psychiatry; mental hospitals and historical developments, but also psychiatry as a field to obtain knowledge about society.

3. Outside biomedicine: Perceptions of illnesses, caring and health care in everyday settings.

Health and illness are only part of human misery. Hegemonic concepts of health conceal what people do to remain healthy and sane in very uncertain political, economic and social contexts outside of the biomedical framework. The perceptions and concepts of health and illness of mundane people may differ to a large extent from these hegemonic concepts, which is why ideas surrounding caring in health care settings need to be discussed. Everyday theories of health, illness and caring shed light on the manner in which human values and ways of dealing with difficult life situations are incorporated into the totality of human life. How does one come to terms with illness and distress in an everyday setting? What do individuals do to maintain good health?

The medical anthropology at home (MAAH) initiative is a network of, and open to
anthropologists from the European countries working mainly in their own country. The purpose of the network and the biennial meetings connected to it is to act as an open forum for the exchange of ideas and information of a theoretical, methodological and empirical nature through regular gatherings. The meetings have followed a set format during all three previous meetings (Zeist, the Netherlands 1998; Tarragona, Spain 2001; Perugia, Italy 2003): participants are requested to submit full papers before the meeting. No parallel sessions are organised during the meeting and a limited number of participants (30 in total) are selected.

The official language of the meeting in Seili, Finland will be English and abstracts and papers must be submitted in English.

ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 31st January, 2005

Abstracts can be submitted to the conference coordinator Susanne Ådahl at: medanthro@luukku.com, the official conference email address. OBSERVE: Please clearly indicate in your abstract which sub-theme your paper belongs under. Those who have submitted an abstract will be informed about whether it has been accepted by April 30, 2005.

PRE-INSCRIPTION AND ROOM BOOKING DEADLINE: May 10th, 2005.
Pre-inscription can be completed on the pre-inscription form posted on the official website of the conference at http://medanthro.kaapeli.fi available on the page by March 2005. In conjunction with the pre-inscription procedure you are requested to pay the inscription costs and complete your room booking.

The inscription costs are:
- Senior: 180 euro
- Junior: 100 euro

The organisers will apply for funding and the exact costs for the participants are not yet confirmed. Participants will be lodged at the research centre for the Archipelago Sea on the island of Seili (For information on the location please check out http://www.utu.fi/erill/saarmeri/en/ ). A limited number of single and double rooms are available and they will be distributed at a first come first serve basis. Otherwise you will be booked into a double, three or four person (single sex) room. Prices of room and board will be posted on the official website of the conference http//: medanthro.kaapeli.fi by March 2005.

PAPER DEADLINE: December 15, 2005

Papers should be submitted in word 95, 98 or 2000 and should be sent to the official conference email address medanthro@luukku.com . Please note that papers should not exceed 3500-3750 words (approx. 15 pages). Papers will be placed on-line (using a password system) by January 15, 2006.

CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE: January 10, 2006
Please confirm your attendance to the conference coordinator Susanne Ådahl at medanthro@luukku.com .

All other information pertaining to the meeting will be posted on the website (http//: medanthro.kaapeli.fi).

Contact information:

Susanne Ådahl
Sosiologian laitos, tutkijat
PL 35 (Vironk. 1)
00014 Helsingin yliopisto
fax: +358-9-19124750
tel: +358-9-19123765

See also:  medanthro.kaapeli.fi
e-mail: medanthro@luukku.com

NEW JOURNAL: "Health, sickness and culture"

2005/01/28    SUSANNE


A new journal of health, sickness and culture has finally been published and is now available
for subscription. It is the result of an initiative by researchers from the Institute of Anthropology in Aarhus and Copenhagen as well as from the Faculty of Health Sciences in Aarhus.

Journal of Research of Sickness and Society (Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund) is a cross-disciplinary journal which has its basis
in medical anthropology. The aim and scope of the journal is to promote and develop research
which lies in the interface between health science and the humanities/social sciences.

The objective of the journal is to work as a forum for these disciplines to meet and inspire each other - epistemologically, methodologically and theoretically - in different research settings.

The journal conveys the debate and theoretical development which takes place in the growing professional cooperation and research initiatives
emanating from the above mentioned interface.

The journal addresses itself to all who are interested in research of sickness and society and in particular to health professionals in
research and educational settings with an association to interdisciplinary environments .

The journal is published in Danish or Scandinavian and will appear
twice a year.

Planned volumes:
Vol. 1: Positions (published January 2005)
Vol. 2: Narratives (Spring 2005)
Vol. 3: Health Promotion and Prevention (Autumn 2005)

If you wish to subscribe please contact Hanne Boll-Overgaard via mail:
sygdomogsamfund@hum.au.dk or send a letter to:

Tidsskrift for Forskning i Sygdom og Samfund
Afdeling for Antropologi og Etnografi
Moesgård
8270 Højbjerg
DK-Denmark

Individual subscription: 200 DKR per year
Institutional subscription: 400 DKR per year

Editors:
Bjarke Paarup, Gitte Wind, Hanne Mogensen, Lisbeth Ørtenblad, Torsten
Risør and Mette Bech Risør


THESIS ON UNCERTAINTY

2007/06/12    SUSANNE


Within the research project "Expressions of Suffering" the most recent PhD thesis to be published, "Good Lives, Hidden Miseries. An Ethnography of Uncertainty in a Finnish Village" is that of Susanne Ådahl on the changing life circumstances of farmers inhabiting coastal villages in south west Finland. The thesis discusses the theory of social suffering and ponders the applicability of the term in light of empirical material collected among Finnish farmers. The author provides her own perspective on how to extend the concept of social suffering and to apply it to a context rooted in a rural community and to the core values of farming life. She stresses that suffering is not only about struggle and the fragmentation of core values and social order, but that it also has a constructive, positive and enabling side to it. For a more detailed summary of the thesis and information on a electronic link to the whole thesis please look in the "people" section of this homepage.




News
2007/06/12 THESIS ON UNCERTAINTY

2005/01/28 NEW JOURNAL: "Health, sickness and culture"

2004/12/17 PhD Course in Medical Anthropology in Tarragona, Spain

2004/12/17 2nd ANNOUNCEMENT, The 4th Biennal Conference of the ...

2004/10/28 The Fourth Biennal Conference of the European Network ...



Discussion
2004/03/22 RE:The concept of suffering

2004/02/29 RE:The concept of suffering

2004/02/29 The concept of suffering


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