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Third Nordic Workshop in Medical Anthropology
University of Joensuu, Mekrijärvi Research Center, March 20 - 23, 2002

Preliminary program

Wednesday, 20th March, 2002

16.00 Dinner

18.30 Opening Plenary Lecture:
Laura Jetsu, University of Joensuu: Mekrijärvi folklore poetry - a window to local history


Thursday 21st March, 2002
Topic: Sickness and symbols

8.00 Breakfast

9.00-9.15 Introduction to the seminar
Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, University of Helsinki

Session 1: Spirituality, religious experiences and healing
Session chair: Maj-Lis Follér, University of Gothenburg

Plenary lecture:
9.15-10.15 Mark Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary: Crossroads between religious studies and medical anthropology
10.15-10.45 Terhi Utriainen: Naked, Nude and Redressed - metaphors of shame, suffering and identity through biblical texts
Discussant: Els van Dongen
10.45-11.15 Coffee break
11.15-11.45 Laura Stark-Arola: The Dynamistic Body in Traditional Finnish-Karelian Thought
Discussant: Ing-Britt Trankell
11.45-12.15 Helle Johannessen: Sai Baba: Shaman, Big-man and Godman
Discussant: Susanne Ådahl

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Session 1 (continued)
Session chair: Jonina Einarsdottir, University of Reykjavik

14.00-14.30 Ing-Britt Trankell: Healing People and the Body Politic
Discussant: Marja Tilikainen
14.30-15.00 Galina Lindquist: Therapeutic efficacy in multiple medical system: A case study
Discussant: Terhi Utriainen
15.00-15.30 Outi Pohjanheimo: Healing Through Praying in a Religious Context
Discussant: Tuula Vaskilampi

15.30 Coffee

18.00 Plenary lecture: Kaija Heikkinen, University of Joensuu On the Both Sides of the Eastern Border - Karelian Culture and Social Change

19.15 Dinner

Friday 22nd March, 2002
Topic: Intersubjectivity and the Body

8.00 Breakfast

9.00 - 10.00 Plenary lecture: Aud Talle, University of Oslo
Women, violence and the political body

Session 2: Violence, trauma, social memory
Session chair: Vibeke Steffen

10.00 - 10.30 Marja Tiilikainen: Suffering, Social Memory and Embodiment: Experiences of Somali Refugee Women
Discussant: Vibeke Steffen
10.30-11.00 Leena Poikonen: Remembering Home: The Gambian Immigrants in Finland
Discussant: Arja Burgos

11.00-11.30 Coffee

11.30-12.00 Minna Ruckenstein: Heroic Texts and Bodily Disorders: Explarations in Trauma and Memory
Discussant: Jonina Einarsdottir
12.00 -12.30 Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Commenting Local History - Social Traumas, Illness and Embodied Memory
Discussant: Galina Lindqvist

12.45-14.00 Lunch

Session 3: High-tech, intersubjectivity and biomedical practice
Session chair: Helle Johannessen

14.00-14.30 Juha Soivio: Notions of responsibility in acute myocardial infarction
Discussant: Laura Stark
14.30-15.00 Susanne Ådahl: Feeling life - Ethnographies of emotions among villagers in Southwestern Finland
Discussant: Mette Meldgaard
15.00-15.30 Mette Nordahl Svendsen: Notions of Relatedness, body images and processes of power in the social space of cancer genetic counselling
Discussant: Minna Ruckenstein

15.30-16.00 Coffee

16.00-16.30 Helle Ploug Hansen: Bald women, warm wigs and makeup
Discussant: Outi Pohjanheimo
16.30-17.00 Sisko Salo-Chydenius: Client-Centredness Realized: An ethnographic study in one mental health occupational therapy unit
Discussant: Arja Burgos
17.00-17.30 Kyra Landzelius: On Radical Intersubjectivity and Satellite Syndromes: The Mother-Child Project in the Arena of High-Tech Healing
17.30-18.00 Elsbeth Kneuper & Michael Enßlen: A Topological Approach to the Paternal Body -A Contribution to the Cultural Construction of Intersubjectivity
Discussant: Sinikka Torkkola

18.00 Dinner

19.00-20.30 Plenary lecture: Juha Pentikäinen, University Of Helsinki: Shamanizing: The Way of Knowing and Healing. Recent Fieldwork on Siberian Shamanhood

Smoke Sauna

Saturday 23rd March, 2002
Topic: Social and Political Positions of Medical Anthropology

8.00 Breakfast

Session 4: Medical Anthropology's Social Tasks and Commitments
Session chair: Galina Lindqvist

8.45-9.30 Plenary lecture:
Els van Dongen, University of Amsterdam: Going Into the Real World. Relevance and Commitment of Medical Anthropology

9.30-10.00 Maj-Lis Follér: Social and Political tasks and commitments of medical anthropology: Amazonian medical anthropology reconsidered
Discussant: Helle Johannessen
10.00-10.30 Jonina Einarsdottir: Abnormal Births and Ethical Questions
Discussant: Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

10.30-10.45 Coffee

10.45-11.15 Sinikka Torkkola: Construction of Health in Finnish Health Journalism
Discussant: Helle Plough Hansen
11.15-11.45 Tuula Vaskilampi: Commercial Symbols in Health Market
Discussant: Elsbeth Kneuper

11.45-12.30 Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Concluding remarks. Discussion of Future Activities of the Network of Nordic Research in Medical Anthropology.

12.45-13.45 Farewell lunch

14.00 Departure to the journey to the monastry of Valamo.

The seminar is arranged by
The Department of Cultural Anthropology and
The Department of Comparative Religion, University of Helsinki,
The Department of Finnish and Cultural Research, University of Joensuu


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