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Arthur W. Frank ansatt som professor II

Den internasjonalt anerkjente forskeren, Arthur W. Frank er ansatt som professor II ved Senter for diakoni og profesjonell praksis.

Arthur W. Frank ansatt som professor II

Arthur W. Frank er særlig kjent for sitt arbeid innen sykdom og fortelling, og vil arbeide med å utvikle narrativ medisin og narrativ metode ved VID. Han kommer til VID Oslo i uke 42, og vil delta på et seminar om narrativ metode og narrativ medisin 18.–19. oktober ved VID Oslo. Seminaret vil være åpent for alle 18. oktober.

Om Arthur W. Frank

(På engelsk:) Arthur W. Frank studied English literature as an undergraduate, received his M.A. in communications from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and his doctorate in sociology from Yale in 1975, with specializations in what was then called medical sociology and social psychiatry. His dissertation was on narratives of the experience of dying. His entire teaching career was at the University of Calgary, retiring in 2013 and currently Professor Emeritus.

During the first decade of his career, his publications were on conversation analysis and contemporary social theory. His own critical illnesses between 1985–1988 shifted his interests back to illness experience. His career revived with publications on sociology of the body (then a new field) and experiential writings on illness. His memoir, At the Will of the Body, was published in 1991 (second edition, 2002) and eventually received the annual writers' award from the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in the US. His scope broadened to study others' illness narratives, culminating in The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics in 1995 (second edition, 2013). His third book, The Renewal of Generosity: Illness, Medicine, and How to Live (2004) studied stories of health-care workers and was awarded the medal in bioethics from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2010 he published Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology, based in part on a decade of teaching workshops on narrative analysis. That book asks how stories affect people's lives, balancing how people think they are using stories with the recognition that stories are also using people.

Dr. Frank has been appointed visiting professor in Australia, England, and Japan, and held a major fellowship in New Zealand. His major awards include the lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bioethics Society.

Dr. Frank's current research is at the intersection between narrative medicine (including narrations of both illness experience and the experience of providing treatment and care), bioethics (specifically narrative ethics), and narrative therapy (returning to his brief period of clinical training and practice in the 1980s, derailed by his illnesses). In addition to narratives of illness and care, he now studies literary texts as a primary source of material for investigating relations between narration, experience, and relationships. One specific project is development of a new format for support groups, applicable to both ill people and health-care professionals. Called Hamlet in the Hospital, its third group is planned for Fall 2017.

Dr. Frank was first appointed Professor II at Betanien University College in 2014 and is pleased to be continuing with VID.