The medical landscape is a constantly changing field, both in relation to new knowledge and innovative technology as well as a changing world. In this session we are interested in papers that present current cultural research exploring and reflecting upon these changes in the broadest sense.
The medical landscape is a constantly changing field, both in relation to new knowledge and innovative technology as well as a changing world. Some examples are new emerging diseases and changing welfare societies. In ethnological and folkloric research there is a long tradition of exploring and reflecting upon this kind of issues from a broad variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives. These include, but are note limited to: cultural beliefs around long-term illness, explanations of health and healing, the ways in which society's controlling mechanisms work across bodies, and how modern biomedicine and digitalization provides new cultural perspectives. In this session we are interested in papers that present ongoing research based on the medical field in the broadest sense. These may be empirically grounded papers, or more theoretical and methodological reflections. Participants will discuss questions such as: In what empirical fields are we working? What methodological or theoretical track changes shall we do to explore additional fields and expand our research? What role does ethnological and folkloristic research play in the emerging field of medical humanities? Central is also: How can we work with/within healthcare and how can we expand this work? How do we participate in interdisciplinary research? What are good examples of more integrative humanities? Through the session, we wish to make visible and strengthen the ethnological and folkloristic research in an international context dealing with health and medicine, and to create a stronger network of researchers in the transforming research field of medical humanities.