Professor Janneke Vans Mens-Verhulst from the University of Utrecht kicked-off the 2010-11 seminar series on Wednesday 20th October. Her seminar entitled: “Improving Health and Social Care with an Intersectional Approach to Diversity” introduced the concept of ‘intersectionality’ as representative of the complex, varied, and variable effects which proceed when multiple axes of differentiation – economic, political, cultural, psychic, subjective and experiential – intersect in historically and geographically specific contexts. The concept emphasizes that what we call ‘identities’ – black, gay, mother, Muslim and so on – are not objects but social processes constituted in and through power relations. The concept also emphasizes that different dimensions of social life cannot be separated out into discrete and pure strands.
Multiplicity, representing consciousness as a “site of multiple voicings” does not necessarily originate with the subject but through discourses that are intersubjectively and structurally produced. According to Van Mens-Verhulst these multiplicities are part of everybodies existence. Therefore, in order to be more patient centered and improve quality in health and social care environments we must take heed to the ‘multiplicity’ and ‘hybridity’ of patients social positions as well as to their similarities. Thus, multiple axes need to be observed on order to instruct quality improvement projects within our respective healthcare systems. Lincoln-presentation -handout Prof Van Mens Verhulst
If you want to learn more about Intersectionality Theory and feminist ethics in health and social care join us at the next seminar where Professor Magrit Shildrick from Queen’s University Belfast and author of “Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, Postmodernism and (Bio)ethics” (1997), “Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self” (2002) and “Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Subjectivity and Sexuality” (2009) will speak about heart transplants in her talk entitled: “Hybrid bodies and prostheses: the bioethics of identity.”
On Wednesday 20th October Prof Janneke Van Mens-Verhulst (University of Utrecht) will present: “Improving health and social care with an intersectional approach to diversity.”
The seminar will take place between 12:00 and 13:30 in room: ARM201, Architecture Building, Brayford Pool.
This is the first of a new international series of seminars in the SH&SC organised by Dr Zowie Davy and supported by the Foundation for Sociology of Health & Illness.
The subject of the series is Intersectionality: Theory and Practice for Quality Improvement in Healthcare (Seminar Series Poster 2010).
This themed seminar series intends to bring together scholars, practitioners and activists who are working with feminist Intersectionality theory and feminist ethics in healthcare. The seminars will illustrate how intersectional approaches to healthcare can make an important contribution to knowledge and practice, which is crucial if quality improvement is to promote greater equity of healthcare provision provision. The speakers will be. looking at theoretical, institutional, methodological and ‘case study study’ approaches that speak to the multiplicity of voices who access/provide healthcare.
Wed 20th Oct 2010 Prof Janneke Van Mens-Verhulst (University of Utrecht) “Improving health and social care with an intersectional approach to diversity”
Wed 16th Feb 2011 Dr Jo Gilmartin (University of Leeds) “The impact of reconstructive surgery following massive weight loss on patients’ quality of life”
Wed 16th Mar 2011 Dr Ruth Deery (University of Huddersfield)
Wed 13th Apr 2011 Prof Nancy Harding (University of Bradford)
Wed 18th May 2011 Dr Ulrike Klöppel (Charité University, Berlin)
Please note: Prof. Van Mens-Verhulst’s seminar will be from 12:00-13.30, all other seminars will be from 13:30-14:45
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