Camilla Brændstrup Laursen is enrolled as PhD at CAS from 1 February 2017.
My name is Camilla Brændstrup Laursen, and I am a new 4+4 PhD student at the Department of Anthropology
I will be working on the project: A gendered epidemic of gut trouble? Exploring the experience of irritable bowel syndrome among young women and practitioners in Denmark. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder that officially affects 11-16% of the Danish population and is peculiarly overrepresented among young women. My project will explore social, cultural and biological circumstances relating to this seeming gendered epidemic, and how patients and practitioners experience and contribute to developing or suppressing IBS symptoms. Being theoretically inspired by experience-near and sensorial approaches as well as understandings of how “non-communicable diseases” may spread, the project will engage with how biology, culture and “lifestyle” interact, how symptoms become disease through diagnosis, how and why symptom interpretation and healthcare seeking differ for men and women, and how individuals may sensitize each other towards specific symptoms.
I hold a BA in Anthropology from Moesgård. Since 2015, I have been enrolled as an MA student at the Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography track and have conducted four months of ethnographic fieldwork in and around the Randers Regional Hospital. I have also been engaged in instructor teaching at the Department of Anthropology. I am looking forward to continuing my work at the department, being affiliated with Centre for Cultural Epidemics (Epicenter) and the new Center for Health, Culture and Society (working title). My main supervisor is Lotte Meinert, and my co-supervisors are Cheryl Mattingly (USC) and Marie Louise Tørring.