Medical Humanities


We conduct research that explores cultural, ethical, social, historical and sociolinguistic aspects of health and illness; illness experiences; diagnosis; medical knowledge and practice and clinical communication, while demonstrating its clinical relevance. We mainly work with qualitative methodologies and theoretical studies. We explore innovative and creative methodological approaches 

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We are interdisciplinary, international and theoretically oriented. 

Research Areas

This is an interdisciplinary researchgroup, established in 2012, with a variety of disciplinary experts, including sociology, philosophy and sociolinguistics. We address a field of enquiry in which humanities and social science perspectives are brought to bear upon an exploration of the human side of medicine - questions that are often ignored by the biomedical sciences. These perspectives play a key role while analysing the relationship between medicine and our broader ideas of health and illness.

Our research is based on concepts, theories and perspectives from the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, and it spans the social, historical, cultural and sociolinguistic dimensions of health, illness and medical practice. By exploring experience, knowledge and practice in context, through theoretically informed qualitative research, we aim to enrich our understanding of historical and cultural contingent aspects of health, illness and medical practice. The intersection of medicine and culture, seen in an interdisciplinary perspective, is our unifying mark. 

Although our researchgroup is a formal unit at the University of Tromsø, our research extends far beyond our administrative institutional boundaries. Currently, we have extensive international and national collaboration with researchers from University of York, UK; University of Liverpool, UK; University hospital of North Norway and University of Oslo, Norway.

Our research is currently concentrated on the following topics, all united with cultural, philosophical and/or sociolinguistic perspectives:




Medical Humanities

Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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