Susan Reynolds Whyte
Institut for Antropologi
Øster Farimagsgade 5, Opgang i, 1353 København K, CSS - Bygning 16, Opgang i, Room 16.2.04
Inspired by the philosophy of pragmatism and by the methods of ethnography, I do research and research training on contemporary social issues. Overall, I am concerned with attempts by persons and societies to secure well-being, with all the contradictions and uncertainties that entails. My work involves various forms of collaboration with colleagues in Denmark and Africa. For over two decades I have been involved in research capacity strengthening projects with universities in Uganda.
Regionally, I have done fieldwork in Tanzania, Kenya, and most extensively in Uganda.
Topical and analytical themes include:
- Lifeworlds and situated concerns: pragmatics and management of uncertainty in everyday life and social relations
- Perceptions and management of health: body and person, disability, chronic illness, relation of illness perceptions to treatment possibilities
- Composite health care systems, policy, and interventions: social technology and the differentiated situations of ‘target groups’, pharmaceuticals, care
- Generations and life courses: historical and genealogical generations, aging, time, and inter-subjectivity
- Changing human security: response to transformative historical events such as the AIDS epidemic and armed conflict in Africa
I am currently working in several multi-disciplinary projects:
- Aging, Preventive Medication, and the Lifecourse, under Centre for Healthy Aging (Copenhagen University)
- Children and Medicine in Uganda (Makerere & Copenhagen Universities)
- Changing Human Security: Recovery from Armed Conflict in Northern Uganda (Gulu, Aarhus, Southern Denmark, & Copenhagen Universities)
- Governing Transition: Land and Trust in Northern Uganda (Gulu, Aarhus, & Copenhagen Universities)
- Post-conflict Primary Health Care (Gulu, Southern Denmark, & Copenhagen Universities)
- Platform for Stability, Democracy and Rights under the Building Stronger Universities Programme (Gulu, Maseno, Tribhuvan & Danish Universities)
In 2013 with colleagues from Denmark and Uganda, I am completing a book manuscript on the first generation of AIDS survivors, entitled Second Chances, to be published by Duke University Press.