Medical humanities: Contributions, new approaches and future pathways

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Novo Nordisk Foundation

Tuborg Havnevej 19

2900 Hellerup


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The Novo Nordisk Foundation offers funding for one-day symposia to be held at the Novo Nordisk Foundation. The objective is to provide leading as well as younger researchers with opportunities to present and discuss the newest research within their fields.

You can read more about Novo Nordisk Foundation Symposia here.


In Denmark and abroad we see a growing need for understanding the cultural, social, ethical and personal aspects of a range of health challenges in our society. This includes e.g. the transition to personalized healthcare, improving mental health, equality of access to healthcare, bridging society and biotechnological innovations, and many other complex issues. The humanities hold the keys to answering a range of essential health questions and this symposium gathers prominent international and Danish scholars to present and debate the current contributions and future pathways of humanities health research.

The program focuses on the frontiers of humanities-driven health research, the impact of humanities on health science and health sector practices, and finally on future pathways for expanding the contribution of humanities health research in a Danish context.

The organizers welcome young and established health researchers from across disciplines and health professionals alike to join the symposium.

Keynote speakers

  • Luna Dolezal, Exeter University, Lecturer in Philosophy and Medical Humanities, Deputy Director of Liberal Arts Programme
  • Thomas Fuchs, University of Heidelberg, Prof. of Philosophical Foundations of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy.
  • Stanley Ulijaszek, Oxford University, Prof. of Human Ecology.
  • Roelien Bastiansee, University of Groningen, Prof. in Neurolinguistics.
  • Stefan Timmermans, UCLA, Prof. of Sociology.
  • Helga Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland, Prof. of Nursing Care.

Short presentations

  • Klaus Høyer, University of Copenhagen, Prof. of Medical Science and Technology Studies
  • Anne-Marie Mai, University of Southern Denmark, Prof. of Literature.
  • Jens Seeberg, University of Aarhus, Prof. (mso) of Anthropology.
  • Keld Thorgaard, Aalborg University, Head of Dept. Learning and Philosophy.
  • Astrid Jespersen, University of Copenhagen, Associate Prof. of Ethnology.
  • Christina Fogtmann, University of Copenhagen, Associate Prof. of Psychology of Language.
  • Kristian Martiny, University of Copenhagen, postdoc and research lab director.
  • Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen & University of Oxford, Prof. of Philosophy
  • Klemens Kappel, University of Copenhagen, Prof. of Philosophy
  • Kasper Boye, University of Copenhagen, Associate Prof. of Linguistics.


  • Dan Zahavi, University of Copenhagen & University of Oxford
  • Astrid Jespersen, University of Copenhagen
  • Klemens Kappel, University of Copenhagen


The final program will be sent to all participants before the symposium, and will also be available at the venue.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the symposium or the registration process, please contact Eugenia Krasnopjorova ekr(at)

Who can attend the symposium?

The symposium is open to participants of all career levels from student to professor.

Can I update my registration information?

Yes, just log in to Eventbrite. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.

How do I cancel my participation?

Please help us respecting our speakers and other participants, as well keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Eventbrite or via email.

Is it ok if the name on my registration doesn't match the person who attends?

No, since there will be name tags at the symposium, we ask that you do not give your spot to someone else without updating the registration information or letting us know via email.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

If you arrive by car, it is possible to park in front of the main entrance, or along the side of the building.

Alternatively, it is possible to park in the parking garage at Waterfront Shopping Center, which is a five minute walk away from the Foundation. The parking garage offers three hours of free parking, and each additional hour costs DKK 20.

Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166). The nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not have to bring a ticket, but registration is mandatory for participation.

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