About the Centre

EPICENTER - Center for Cultural Epidemics

EPICENTER explores the social life of cultural epidemics. It combines empirical knowledge, methods, and theory in anthropology and epidemiology. The Centre aims to fill a knowledge gap in scientific as well as popular understandings of contagion by asking: What is contagion? The traditional distinction between communicable (i.e. infectious) and non-communicable diseases is challenged through research at the Centre.

Currently, significant epidemics of non-communicable diseases (e.g. obesity, diabetes, ADHD) are spreading, but the social dynamics of how these diseases spread are poorly theorized. The overall hypothesis of research at EPICENTER is twofold: a) infection and contagion are communicative phenomena; and b) epidemic phenomena always include communication, irrespective of the disease.

EPICENTER is currently hosting studies on cancer, HIV, diabetes, drug addiction, trauma, suicide, prevention and treatment regimes. Fieldwork will be carried out in Denmark, South Africa, Uganda, Siberia, United Kingdom, and Egypt during 2013-16.

EPICENTER will be a platform for communication between researchers and the public through museum exhibitions. Researchers will produce cross-disciplinary as well as disciplinary publications in international peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as publications in Danish scientific journals and the media.

 

Centre  (from Aarhus University)

Prof. Lotte Meinert (Co-Director), Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Assoc. Prof. Jens Seeberg (Co-Director), Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Post. Doc. Lone Grøn, Danish Institute for Health Research

Post. Doc. Christian Suhr, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Post. Doc. Bjarke Nielsen, Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research

Post. Doc. Marie Louise Tørring, Centre for Research in Cancer diagnostics in Practice (CaP)

Post. Doc. Birgitte Folmann, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Assoc. Prof. Daena Funahashi, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

PhD student, Fie Lund Lindegaard Christensen, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

 

Affiliated PhD students

Lars Hedegaard Williams, Study of Religion, School of Culture and Society

Kathrin Houmøller, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Jeanette Lykkegaard, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Else Olesen, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics

Theresa Ammann, Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Affiliated researchers

Prof. Susan Reynolds Whyte, Anthropology, Copenhagen University

Prof. Wenzel Geissler, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Oslo University

Post. doc. Ruth Prince, University of Cambridge

PhD student Kathrine Hoffman Pii, Copenhagen Business School

Prof. Cheryl Mattingly, University of Southern California

Prof. Mary Lawlor, University of Southern California

Prof. Emilio Ovuga, Gulu University

Prof. Peter Vedsted, Center for Research in Cancer diagnostics in Practice (CaP), Aarhus University

Assoc. Prof. Christian Wejse, Department of Infectious Diseases, Aarhus University Hospital

Prof. Morten Sodemann, Global Health University of Southern Denmark

Dr. Jens Aagaard-Hansen, Steno Center for Sundhedsfremme, Steno Diabetes Center

Assoc. Prof. Morten Nielsen, Moesgaard Museum and Anthropology, School of Culture and Society

Artist Tove Nyholm, Freelance.

Senior Curator Dr. med. Morten Skydsgaard, Steno Museum, Aarhus University

Associate Professor, PhD, Rikke Sand Andersen, Research Unit for General Practice (CaP), Institute of Public Health and Department of Anthropology, Aarhus University