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Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

  • Finland

19962019
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Personal profile

Curriculum vitae

 

Ph.D. 1988 University of Helsinki, docent 1992 University of Tampere, 1996 University of Helsinki (medical anthropology), 2008 (sociology of health). Visiting scholar 1996-1997 at the University of Harvard, Department of Anthropology and Social Medicine. Professoressa visitanta Universitá di Roma La Sapienza, Dipartimento di Antropologia 2002 -2003. Academy Fellow 1999 -2004, Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies 2005 -2007. Professor in Medical anthropology at the University of Linköping 2006 - 2010. Invited to University of Turku to Professorship of Culture, Health and Wellbeing 2010 -> Leader of The Research Center of Culture, Health and Illness. Visiting researcher and Kone fellow at the University of Arts 2017 ->

Main research projects, funded by the Academy of Finland: Vulnerable Agency 2012 - 2017; Mind and the Other 2013 -2016. Kone foundation: Body and the Other 2018 - 2020 (University of the Arts, Helsinki).

Awards: American Anthropological Association/Society for Medical Anthropology: The Steve Polgar Professional Prize for the best article published 2009.

Description of research and teaching

 

Current research interests

In my current research, I am interested in the ill body in cultural contexts. I work within the interdisciplinary field of medical anthropology and  my main aim is to study the body as a window to

1)     the problem of agency and the ways in which it is shaped in the multitude of social and technological practices, and

2)     social and ethical relationality which arise from the technological possibilities of treating illness.

 

Empirically, these questions are studied through the human heart together with ethnographically oriented researchers in projects, which are listed below. My research is coordinated jointly by the University of Helsinki and University of Linköping.

 

Background of research

My ethnographic research has started in 1980’s with my Ph.D. in cultural meanings of illness. It has grown to a program of medical anthropology, which joins several Ph.D. students and post doc researchers both in Finland and in Sweden where I hold my Professorship in Medical anthropology. My own research themes have a long iterinary, from bodily symptoms to illness experience, notably that of chronic pain, which I have studied in the theoretical and methodological context of suffering. Another line of my research has been focused on death, particularly on suicide.

My most recent interest has been heart disease and the ways in which it is “done” by various cultural and social practices. One important bundle of the practices consists of medical technology.

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • 314 Health sciences
  • medical anthropology
  • 616 Other humanities

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1996 2019

Grips and Ties: Agency, Uncertainty and the Problem of Suffering in North Karelia

Honkasalo, M-L., 2009, In : Medical Anthropology Quarterly. 23, p. 51-69 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Reikä sydämessä: Sairaus pohjoiskarjalaisessa maisemassa

Honkasalo, M-L., 2008, Tampere: Vastapaino. 276 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

Fragilities in Life and Death

Honkasalo, M-L., 2006, In : Health, Risk & Society. 8, 1, p. 27-41 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Erikoisnumero "Etnografia ja terveydenhuoltotutkimus"

Leppo, A. (ed.) & Honkasalo, M-L. (ed.), 2008

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Guest Editor's Introduction: Vulnerability and Inquiring into Relationality

Honkasalo, M-L., 10 Jun 2019, In : Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society. 43, 3 (2018), p. 1-21 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2012 2016

Vulnerable Lives, Embedded Agency and Illness

Honkasalo, M., Ketokivi, K., Leppo, A. & Jylhänkangas, L.

01/09/2012 → …

Project: Research project

Prizes

Grips and Ties

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (Recipient), 19 Nov 2010

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 1999 2017

Berghahn Books (Publisher)

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (Editor)
1 Jan 201131 Dec 2011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research anthology/collection/conference proceedings

How does vulnerability matter?

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (Chair)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Ambiguity of Action

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (Chair)
12 Jun 201414 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

Elina Paju: Lasten arjen ainekset

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (Opponent)
Mar 2013

Activity: Examination typesSupervisor or co-supervisor of doctoral thesis

European Association of Social Anthropologists (Publisher)

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (Editor)
15 Jan 201115 Dec 2011

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditor of research anthology/collection/conference proceedings