Call for registration

Bodies in Crisis

2-4 November, 2011
University of Iceland, Reykjavik

Nordic Network:

Gender, Body, Health

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health was initiated at the Centre for Gender Research in 2006/07 and established in 2008, and is currently hosted by the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden.

The network gathers researchers and practitioners from a number of diverse fields such as medicine, comparative literature, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, cultural geography, sports- and health sciences, psychiatry, social psychology, and history of science. The network has the ambition to transgress conventional disciplinary frameworks which is currently limiting understandings and conceptualization of issues concerning gender, body, and health. To conceptualize health and illness as biologically formed phenomena which at the same time are culturally and socially constructed, demands a new platform for dialogue, both within and between disciplines. While historically and geographically specific, many cultural understandings of health and illness share the common features of creating a split binary between mind and body, and at the same time male and female bodies. One ambition in the network has therefore been to focus on the lived body as situated and intersubjectively constituted in order to understand and further develop and approach the gender, body, health complex.

 Since its first formal meeting in Sigtuna in January 2008, the Network has organized annual meetings (in the fall) in collaboration with institutions in other Nordic Countries: Normality and Normativity in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Bergen, Norway in 2008; Dimensions of Pain in collaboration with the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 2009; Narratives of Health and Illness hosted by the Body/Embodiment Group, Uppsala, Sweden in 2010; and Bodies in Crisis in collaboration with the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland in 2011. The 2011 conference gathered around 70 registered participants and the program had two plenary speakers and three parallel paper sessions during 2 days. 

The network is coordinated by a steering committee consisting of the following people:

Lisa Folkmarson Käll, Uppsala University (coordinator)
Jenny Björklund,
Uppsala University
Gunn Engelsrud, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Ingvil Hellstrand, Stavanger University
Donna McCormack, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

Since the start in 2008, The Nordic Network Gender, Body Health has had four conferences:

January 2008: Body, Culture, Health in Sigtuna, Sweden

September 2008: Normality and Normativity in collaboration with the Center for Women’s and Gender Research at the University of Bergen, Norway

September 2009: Dimensions of Pain in collaboration with the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Finland

September 2010: Narratives of Health and Illness in collaboration with the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden

Our 2011 conference will take place on November 2-4 in Reykjavik, Iceland in collaboration with the Center for Women’s and Gender Research, University of Iceland. The theme for the conference is Bodies in Crisis and the program can be found here: www.genna.gender.uu.se/bodiesincrisis.

For more information about the network please contact the coordinator at body@gender.uu.se.