Body in Translation
– Historicising and Reinventing Medical Humanities and Knowledge Translation
Body in Translation has provided input for Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE), applied for as Centre of Excellence in Education (SFU).
About the project
By investigating ideas and practices of translation in medicine and the humanities we aim to rethink the field of the medical humanities as a cross-disciplinary contact zone between the humanities and medicine. The project has a unique and ground-breaking interdisciplinary research design combining cultural history and the history of science with knowledge translation which is one of the major issues in contemporary medicine.
We will explore “translation” genealogically, comparatively and theoretically. On the one hand, we will historicize and develop contemporary medical knowledge translation by turning to current humanistic theories of translation and to test cases from the early modern period. On the other hand, we will challenge and develop theories of translation within the humanities by juxtaposing them with the scientific practice of knowledge translation. By contrasting knowledge translation with historical, cultural and epistemic differences from its scientific “prehistory”, and by analyzing it with reference to broader humanistic and material notions of translation, we aim to develop concepts of medical translation able to cope with contemporary epistemic and cultural differences. Based on these notions, we will establish the foundation for a Centre for Translational Medical Humanities based on the concept of a cross-disciplinary contact zone and equal synergy between the two disciplines.
To bridge the gap between translation as a humanistic and a medical concept and practice.
- to examine the cultural and historical preconditions of medical knowledge translation
- to develop a new interdisciplinary approach to translation.
- to create the foundation for a Centre for Translational Medical Humanities based on the concept of a cross-disciplinary contact zone and equal synergy between the two disciplines.
Start and finish
Kristeva, Julia; Moro, Marie Rose; Ødemark, John & Engebretsen, Eivind (2017). Cultural crossings of care: An appeal to the medical humanities. Medical Humanities. ISSN 1468-215X. . doi: http://mh.bmj.com/content/early/2017/09/21/medhum-2017-011263
Engebretsen, Eivind; Sandset, Tony Joakim & Ødemark, John (2017). Expanding the knowledge translation metaphor. Health Research Policy and Systems. ISSN 1478-4505. . doi: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12961-017-0184-x