Uppsala University, Department of History of Science and Ideas

The Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH) is an interdisciplinary unit that conducts and promotes research, education and multidisciplinary dialogue between the humanities, social sciences, medicine, pharmacy, and health sciences. CMH is organizationally located at the Department of History of Science and Ideas. For more information about CMH, see: https://www.idehist.uu.se/centrum-for-medicinsk-humaniora/

Medical humanities is a multidisciplinary field where questions related to medicine, disease and health are placed in a historical, cultural and social context. It includes, among other things, studies of individual experiences of illness and health, the development of medical practices and societal and cultural perspectives on health care. CMH brings together a broad network of researchers in the humanities, social sciences, medicine and pharmacy. We coordinate interdisciplinary collaboration and exchange between the different knowledge traditions that characterize these scientific domains. CMH's public activities consist of lectures, symposia, workshops and seminars, where researchers, practitioners and the public can meet and discuss issues within our area of interest. We also carry out educational development, both of independent courses and as part of the medical education at Uppsala University.

In the autumn of 2023, CMH will start an artist-in-residence program, which means that we invite artists to be part of the environment at CMH for one semester. This is a step in promoting and bringing in artistic perspectives on medicine, pharmacy and healthcare, as well as the societal and cultural issues that relate to them. The aim is to establish forms for exchanging experience and knowledge between artists, researchers, and students, thereby broadening the perspectives with which we can investigate and understand phenomena and processes related to medicine in culture and society.

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The main part of the residency is producing an artwork that is thematically relevant to the field of medical humanities. It can be an already started work or a new project. The artwork is presented publicly within the framework of CMH's activities after the end of the residency. In collaboration with CHM's staff, the artist will also develop and conduct a workshop for researchers and/or students regarding the questions and knowledge generated in the artistic practice, and how it can complement the academic knowledge traditions. During the residency period, the artist is expected to be active in the research environment at CMH.

The residency is open to all art forms.

You are an established artist with an interest in issues that are thematically relevant to the medical humanities. You have experience and interest in discussing and teaching artistic practices. Special emphasis is placed on personal suitability, including interest in and ability to engage with researchers and students in conversations and discussions.

Application procedure
The application must contain 1) An application letter in which you describe the work you want to do during the residency. Justify why it is relevant for you to carry out the work at the Centre for Medical Humanities. Also describe what conditions you need to carry out the work. 2) CV including short artistic biography. 3) Portfolio with previous work (not original). Give three examples of previous works that you think represent your practice.

Selection procedure
The selection will be made on the basis of the planned work's relevance to medical humanities, potential impact and feasibility. Great importance will also be placed on the applicant's interest in and ability to communicate about their artistic practice.

About the employment
The employment is a temporary position, 4 months. Scope of employment 50 % of full time. Starting date 2023-09-01 or as agreed. Placement: Uppsala

For further information about the position, please contact: Ylva Söderfeldt, director at CMH. ylva.soderfeldt@idehist.uu.se.

Please submit your application by April 25 2023, UFV-PA 2023/979.

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Type of employment Temporary position
Contract type Part-time
Number of positions 1
Full-time equivalent 50%
City Uppsala
County Uppsala län
Country Sweden
Reference number UFV-PA 2023/979
Union representative
  • Seko Universitetsklubben, seko@uadm.uu.se
  • ST/TCO, tco@fackorg.uu.se
  • Saco-rådet, saco@uadm.uu.se
Published 16.Mar.2023
Last application date 25.Apr.2023 11:59 PM CEST

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