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Susan Reynolds Whyte

Susan Reynolds Whyte


  • Institut for Antropologi

Øster Farimagsgade 5, Opgang i, 1353 København K, CSS - Bygning 16, Opgang i, Room 16.2.04

1353 København K

    Short presentation

    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:

    1. Lifeworlds and situated concerns: pragmatics and management of uncertainty in everyday life and social relations
    2. Perceptions and management of health: body and person, disability, chronic illness, relation of illness perceptions to treatment possibilities
    3. Composite health care systems, policy, and interventions: social technology and the differentiated situations of ‘target groups’, pharmaceuticals, care
    4. Generations and life courses: historical and genealogical generations, aging, time, and inter-subjectivity
    5. 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.

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