Research Seminars in the Research Centre for Culture and Health

The Research Centre for Culture and Health explores the connections between culture, health, and illness from a multidisciplinary perspective. It is interested in all aspects of research and education relating to health and culture from pedagogical, narrative, artistic, philosophical, and biosocial perspectives (and many more!).

Research Seminars in 2024

The Research Centre for Culture and Health at the University of Turku is organising a research seminar programme for Spring-Summer 2024.

Seminars will be hybrid, held at the University of Turku and online, on Tuesdays from 14:00-16:00 (EET). The provisional timetable for these seminars is as follows:

January 16, 2024

Anna Ovaska, Tampere University

“Reading Chronic Pain: Narrative and (In)Visibility”

Henni Alava, Tampere University

“Finnish Sisu, Finnish Pain: What (if anything) is Culturally Specific in Pediatric Pain and its Care in Finland?”

February 13, 2024

Per Mendoza, University of Turku

“Isolated Narratives? Narrative Ethics, Affectivity, and Spatiality in Johanna Holmström’s Själarnas ö

Mathieu Bokestael, University College Dublin

“What is a Caring Historiography? Lessons from Sarah Moss’ Night Waking (2011)”

March 12, 2024

Keith Meadows, Health Outcomes Insights Ltd

“Explaining Cause in a Single Case Response to Patient-Reported Outcomes Data: Quality of Life Research”

Luis de Miranda, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku

“Philosophical Health: Thinking as a Way of Healing”

Kateri(y)na Filatova, University of Turku

"Cell-transforming structure-dependent properties of biomaterials on the example of the osteogenic induction of silica-polylactic acid-based composites"

Registration for this seminar is now open. Register for online participation here.

April 9, 2024

Johanna Jämsä, University of Turku

“Nature’s Eudaimonic Wellbeing Benefits, and When Nature Doesn’t Help: Using Creative Methods to Grasp Deep Values of Nature”

Ranjana Saha, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku

“Milk, Nation, and Empire: ‘Scientific’ Motherhood Advice in Colonial Calcutta”

May 14, 2024

Christina Slopek-Hauff, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

“Against Psychiatric Imperialism: Diversifying Psychology in African Fiction”

Silja McNamara, Tampere University

“The Effect of Dance Movement Therapy Interventions on the Quality of Life and Body Image of Bereaved Widows/Widowers”

If you are interested in presenting your research at one of our seminars, please contact Avril Tynan via email:

Read more about our previous seminars here (in Finnish).

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