Exploring circadian rhythms in their historical, philosophical, and scientific contexts.

We are each timepieces – our bodies carry within them an inner time embedded in our organs and cells. These body clocks are constantly in conversation with our environment through the light we see, the food we eat, and how we move. New research is revealing the extent to which our health is dependent on these biological rhythms remaining in synchronicity – which is often challenging in a modern world which seems to never stop. Regular cycles of sleep and wake, feed and fast, rest and activity are integral to the efficient running of the clocks.

This project takes the science of circadian rhythms as a jumping off point for a wider investigation of time, timing and rhythmicity in health, medicine and scientific practice. We are interdisciplinary in our approach, drawing on insights from history, curatorial practice, science communication, medical humanities and science and technology studies.

Body Time is supported by a CBMR international postdoc award to Louise Whiteley (PI) and Adam Bencard (Co-PI). It is embedded within CBMR and Medical Museion, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen.

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