Helena Franzén

doktorand vid Institutionen för idé- och lärdomshistoria

018-471 3583
Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3P
Box 629
751 26 UPPSALA

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I am a doctoral student at the department since February 2016 and my research is mainly situated within the field of History of Medicine.

Mina kurser


The working title of my thesis is "Bodies in Transformation: Obstetrical and Embryological Collections at Uppsala University"
These collections and their contents of preserved pelves, fetuses and embryos, along with models, casts, and instruments have a long history as scientific objects at the Medical faculty, starting in the mid-eighteenth-century. Over time, items were added and destroyed, and their placement shifted depending on notions about their purpose. By the late-twentieth-century the collections had been re-imagined as historical objects and instead situated as a problematic heritage. In my dissertation I explore how and why the collections were assembled, used, and how their meaning changed over time by contextualising them within societal trends.
By examining the processes of knowledge production; mainly collecting, use of instruments, collection-management, preparing specimens, and specimen-imaging, I investigate the links between the collections and broader themes such as ideas about race, pathology/normality, and development. I aim to analyse and nuance how these collections were shaped by, and shaping, understandings of reproduction and its consequences in the nineteenth- and early twentith-century Swedish medical community.
My doctoral research is part of the programme Medicine at the Borders of Life


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