Eivind Engebretsen

Professor of Interdisciplinary Health Science

The Oslo Medical Corpus: An Interdisciplinary Agenda for Rethinking Key Concepts in (Global) Health

Mona Baker and I are invited to speak about our plans for the Oslo Medical Corpus as part of UCL‘s CenTraS Online Lecture Series 2021-22: Translation and Health


09 May 2022, 4:00 pm–5:00 pm


This is a free online event.


Among scholars and practitioners of medicine, attention is increasingly being paid to the dynamics of power that operate in the field, including how liberal forms of power have come to dominate the global governance of health. As Engebretsen and Heggen (2015:115) have argued, however, power ‘does not only operate through knowledge and norms but through language and concepts, and often unconsciously’. Any attempt to redress some of the inequalities that operate in the field of health must therefore begin by questioning the global validity of key concepts that underpin global health policy today, including the concept of global health itself, as articulated in a range of languages. Against this backdrop, SHE, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare Education at the University of Oslo, is launching an ambitious programme of research, in collaboration with the Genealogies of Knowledge Research Network (see Baker et al. 2021), to encourage conceptual research in the field of modern medicine and global health. The research will draw on a large suite of open access electronic corpora (the Oslo Medical Corpus), accompanied by a novel, open-source corpus analysis and visualization interface, to support a wide range of conceptual studies.


More information and registration at this link.

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