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Making sense of Hysterectomy (completed)

The project inquire how aspects of modern identity and bodily being are constructed in stories of hysterectomy. Is there, both individually and culturally, significant  ideas about femininity as strongly embedded in the uterus? Or is this more or less a cultural stereotype with no significance for todays individual selves and medical practices?

About the project

To remove the uterus is one of the most common operations in gynaecological departments. The knowledge on the individual  effects of this operation is however very limited. So is also the knowledge on how hysterectomy in the medical institution (textbooks, surgical teqniques, patient information) are understood and culturally framed.


The project is framed by theoretical positions in which gender and illness are associated with processes of doing femininity and masculinity as well as positions arguing the significance of gendered bodily differences.



  • University of Oslo


  • Professor Berit Schei, St.Olavs hospital,
  • Donna McCormack, Glasgow’s Medical Humanities Research Centre

Project start and finish

  • 2012 - 2016
Published Nov. 13, 2012 3:00 PM - Last modified Oct. 26, 2017 9:00 PM