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Tracing states of (un-)consciousness between the irreversible and the potential

IMC seminar: Borderlands of living

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Tuesday 6 October 2020,  at 11:00 - 13:00


Online on Zoom Meeting ID 563 610 6271




Mette Terp Høybye will give an introduction to the cross-disciplinary project ‘Borderlands of living’, which explores intersections of reasoning around consciousness between clinic and research concerning unresponsive patients with acute, severe brain injury, with attention to relations of knowledge and decision-making in neurocritical care.

Lise Marie Andersen will trace the uncertainties involved in the development of new prognostic tools relating to these patients and explore the translation of knowledge and uncertainties from neuroscience to the clinic.

Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg will present excerpt from the ethnographic fieldwork in a highly specialized intensive care unit, providing early neuro-rehabilitation treatment for these patients. When focusing on how a patient is perceived as either at a minimal or vegetative state of consciousness, we are able to discuss the uncertainties involved in prognostic evaluation of the patient’s potential for neuro-rehabilitation.

With this outset we seek to inspire a discussion about the potentials of combining ethnographic methods and philosophical analysis to trace the uncertainties of knowledge in the making.     



Mette Terp Høybye, Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Medicine and Cent

Lise Marie Andersen, Postdoc
Interacting Minds Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine

Hanne Bess Boelsbjerg, Postdoc
Interacting Minds Centre, Department of Clinical Medicine