Cultural analysis in the health sciences (ph.D course)

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If conducting any kind of research is a cultural activity, then we cannot ignore what the structures of those cultures entail. How can cultural analysis help us elucidate the epistemological and ethical consequences of this?

Research on physical activity, bodily practices and health is to a large extend still divided according to various scientific and social/cultural perspectives. However, the very distinction between the body as biological or the body as social is in itself a culturally constituted division. This course seeks to elucidates how cultural analysis can contribute to the understanding of how the body and physical activity is constituted as an object of investigation, and which consequences that has for the development of knowledge within the health sciences. The course draws on current perspectives within cultural analysis questioning the distinction between nature and culture, as well as research that point to the way scientific cultures are constituted as culture.

The course takes place over the course of two days and is divided into four parts focusing on cultural analysis and its traditions in relation to the health sciences today, including:
- Research in the health sciences as a culturally constituted practice
- Investigating how the distinction biological/cultural processes operates in the health sciences
- The “craft” of cultural analysis in different traditions and how it can be used within research in the health sciences

The course focuses on the cultural analysis of different kinds of material (whether it be material collected through observation/interviews or cultural artefacts/texts) and how that analysis might be undertaken through different perspectives.

The course addresses both PhD candidates working with cultural analysis as their primary method, and PhD candidates who work with other methods but wish to extend their epistemological understanding of how their work is situated within knowledge production in the health sciences.

The course builds on the work with an anthology on cultural analysis of body and movement cultures, initiated by the research group Movement, Culture and Society, at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics. The anthology is written in collaboration with researchers from national fellow departments in sport sciences.
Periode24. okt. 201825. okt. 2018
PlaceringOdense, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseInternational