Course Overview

How are bodies enacted in scholarship? How do academics in the social science and humanities deal with bodies and knowledge about them? What opportunities and tensions can be teased out as these strands intersect? And, how can we use them as vantage-points to develop and problematize STS research?

With Cynthia Krause as our anchor teacher, we will engage with these questions throughout the week in lectures and joint discussions. It will also be possible for students to get feedback their PhD projects throughout the week. Other speakers will join us for specific activities, including:

  • A body writing workshop together with Laura Watts, in which we will engage with and challenge the hands-on practice of writing about bodies and discuss how creative writing can become part of dissertation writing.
  • A session focusing on animal bodies together with Tora Holmberg.
  • A body methods session, in which we, together with Kristin Zeiler, Corinna Cruse and Kajsa Ellegård, explore different ways of creating academic knowledge about the body and the traces it makes, including phenomenological, ethnographic and time-geography inspired methods.
  • A plastic-bodies presentation by Pinar Yoldas, an artist whose norm-critical work about bodies can help us to expand our notions about bodies and to think outside the box.

More information about all the speakers is available on the Speakers page.

The summer school is being held August 22–26, 2016 in Vadstena, Sweden.

Format, preparations and assignments

The summer school will include a mix of lectures, seminars and hands on exercises. Students are expected to play an active role in these activities and attend the entire week. Students who have actively taken part in the course, but decide not to write an essay, will on request receive a certificate of 4,5 ECTS. Students who have actively taken part in the course, and decide in addition to write an essay will receive 7,5 ECTS on the condition that the essay is evaluated as passed.

All students are expected to complete significant preparatory work before the course begins. The list of assigned readings will be made available by the beginning of May 2014.



A fee of 5000 SEK or 540 EUR (including VAT /”moms”) must be paid to cover the cost of meals and accommodation. Students are expected to cover their own travel costs.

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