Thomas Söderqvist – Director, professor
“What is the place of medical museums on the contemporary political, cultural and social arena between global biotechnoscience and the experiences of ordinary people?”
My undergraduate academic background training was in zoology, chemistry and paleontology, followed by postgraduate work in political sociology, philosophy of science and history of science. I earned my PhD in ‘theory of science’ (Swedish ‘vetenskapsteori’) from the University of Gothenburg in 1986 with Aant Elzinga as supervisor.
After working as a senior lecturer at the University of Roskilde, where I taught history and philosophy of science and science studies, and a couple of years as research professor in science studies, I came to the University of Copenhagen in 1999 as professor in history of medicine in the Department of Public Health.
On my arrival I was asked to take the responsibility of the university’s Medical History Museum. I agreed and worked out a new profile for the museum, which emphasised research and an experimental approach to exhibition making and curatorial work. In 2004 the museum’s name was changed to Medical Museion.
As director I have the overall responsibility for Medical Museion’s research and teaching, exhibitions, collections, acquisitions, web outreach, etc.
I have a long track record of academic publications in the following research fields:
and have also produced a fairly large number of popular writings.
(Most of my publications after 2005 are also listed in the University of Copenhagen publication database).
My current intellectual interest is to understand how medical museums can contribute to a critical assessment of present and future medical science and technology. What is the place of medical museums on the contemporary political, cultural and social arena between global biotechnoscience and the experiences of ordinary people?
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