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Lecture by prof. Lisa Dikomitis: Reflections on ethnography in medicine

Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 09:30 to Friday, 19 May, 2017 - 11:15
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Gebouw D
Promotiezaal
Guest lecture

After conducting many years of ‘classical’ ethnographic fieldwork among refugees on Cyprus, I started field research in hospitals, community medical settings and medical schools in Belgium, England and Cyprus. My collaborations with clinical and biomedical scientists have led to an ongoing dialogue about ethnography and reflections of how different research cultures can clash or merge. I discuss, through some ethnographic vignettes from my own research journey, some of the barriers and facilitators social scientists working in medical research units may face in their engagements with ethnography. I conclude with some suggestions about how the profile of social scientific work in medicine can be raised through an intersectional approach in the collaborations with clinicians.

Lisa Dikomitis is Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Health at Keele University (School of Medicine and Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences). She previously worked as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University (2010-12) and at the Hull York Medical School (2012-14). In March 2014 she took up a permanent position as Lecturer in Social Research at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Hull. In July 2016 she joined Keele University. Lisa Dikomitis holds undergraduate degrees in Education (2000, Catholic College Leuven, Belgium) and in Art History and Archaeology (2001, University of Leuven, Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (2003, Ghent University, Belgium). In March 2010 she gained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Cultures (i.e. sociology and social anthropology) at Ghent University. Lisar Dikomitis also holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (2015, University of Hull) and is Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.

  • 09.30-10.30: Lecture
  • 10.30-10.45: respondent Dr. Dirk Lafaut (VUB)
  • 10.45-11.15: questions

Attendance is free of charge, but please confirm your presence by registering below.

This lecture is part of the Gender Research Seminar, a yearly interdisciplinary course, organized by VUB, UGent and UA, that offers advanced training in research methods in the field of gender and diversity studies. The seminar relates gender to broader issues of diversity, epistemology and questions of (in)equality in power in society, culture and politics from a critical research perspective. In 2016-2017 the seminar will be organized at VUB. This year’s focus is on ‘Intersectionality: Theory, Concepts and Methods’. For more information see: https://my.vub.ac.be/nieuws/2016/12/01/dsh-gender-research-seminar. 

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