ZIG-Summer School 2016

„Social, Cultural and Communicative Aspects of Health Research“


Zum ersten Mal lädt das Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Gesundheitsforschung (ZIG) vier international renommierte GastwissenschaftlerInnen aus der Kommunikationswissenschaft, der Soziologie und der Ethnologie ein, die diesen Sommer im Rahmen  einer Summer School unterrichten werden und öffentliche Vorträge halten werden. Die Summer School mit dem Titel „Social, cultural and communicative aspects of health research“ widmet sich der interdisziplinären sozial- und kulturwissenschaftlichen Erforschung von Gesundheit und Krankheit. Studierende aus den drei Fächern Kommunikationswissenschaft, der Soziologie und der Ethnologie haben die Gelegenheit, in interdisziplinär zusammengesetzten Seminaren zusammen mit den GastdozentInnen innovative Themen der Gesundheitsforschung zu bearbeiten.




Michael Dahlstrom, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication,
Iowa State University


Michael Dahlstrom is an associate professor at the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication
of Iowa State University. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communications, joint degree with Environmental Resources, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008;
M.S. in Biophysics, Iowa State University, 2004;
B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication,
Iowa State University, 2002; B.S. in Biophysics,
Iowa State University, 2002. His current research
interests include science, risk, health, agricultural and environmental communication, narrative communication, perceptions and ethics of science communication in policy contexts, communicating beyond human scale.


Zeit und Ort: 1., 2., 15. und 16.7.2016, jeweils 9:00 bis 17:00 Uhr, D2119


Health Communication: The influence of mediated messages on
health attitudes and behavior


This research seminar explores how our perceptions of personal and societal health are influenced through a complex interplay of mediated messages obtained through the mass media and other communication channels. The public sorts through often-conflicting information to make decisions about health related issues. Journalists face organizational and structural pressures as they try to provide accurate health information to the public. Strategic communicators try to persuade audiences to adopt or reject health related attitudes and behaviors, often using journalists to help spread their strategy.

This class will provide an introduction into the field of health communication, focusing on topics such as health literacy, the social construction of health, production of mass media messages about health, strategic communication and theories of health persuasion, risk communication and ethical frameworks. Approaches from a range of disciplines will be discussed, including communication, psychology and sociology. Student learning will be assessed through the development of a health communication research proposal. 


Anmeldung für Studierende der Kommunikationswissenschaft, Soziologie und Ethnologie über Digicampus. Bei Interesse aus anderen Fächern bitte nachfragen bei Prof. Dr. Helena Bilandzic (

Workshop für Doktoranden und Postdocs

Zeit und Ort: 18.7.2016, 9:00–19:00 Uhr, D5031                             

Publishing your research in international journals

Your research project was a success. Now how do you publish your results to share your knowledge and build your reputation as a scholar? This workshop will guide you through the general process of publishing in international journals. We will discuss how to select the right journal, how to interact with the editor, how to react to (potentially negative) reviews as well as other pragmatics of publication. Each participant should bring to the workshop a three-page introduction to an ongoing or recently completed research project that he or she hopes to publish. 

Anmeldung von Promovendinnen der Kommunikationswissenschaft, Soziologie und Ethnologie bei Prof. Dr. Helena Bilandzic ( Bei Interesse aus anderen Fächern bitte nachfragen.


Dr. Niki Vermeulen, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS), School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh.

niki vermeulen

Niki Vermeulen is a lecturer in the history and sociology of science at the University of Edinburgh. She specializes in science and innovation policy and the organization of research, with an emphasis on collaboration in the life sciences. Her current Wellcome Trust project looks into the emergence of systems biology. Niki holds a PhD from Maastricht University, and held positions at the University of Vienna and the University of Manchester. In addition, Niki has been working for Technopolis Group, the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy, and the Scientific Council of the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C.


Zeit und Ort:
14.4.2016, 17:30 bis 19:00 Uhr (Raum: 3065, Gebäude D – Vorbesprechung/ Stellvertretung: Dipl. Lisa-Marian Schmidt)

4.7.2016, 17:30 bis 19:00 Uhr (Raum: 1019, Gebäude D – Vorbesprechung mit Dr. Niki Vermeulen)

8., 9., 18., & 19.7.2016 jeweils 10:00 bis 18:00 Uhr (Raum: 2101, Gebäude D)        

Collaboration in Health Sciences: Ways of working together. 

Health research is radically transforming as governments invest more in large scale, national and international health projects with increasing levels of interdisciplinarity to improve health and quality of life. Sociologist of science Robert Merton (1942) already put communism/communalism forward as one of the norms of science, and since then the research group and research system have been central units of analysis, including scientific-industrial collaborations, e.g. with the pharmaceutical industry. Building on insights from Science and Technology Studies, this research seminar gives insight into ways of working together, examining political, technical and organizational facets of collaboration in the health sciences.

After an introduction meeting, which gives an overview of trends and issues in collaboration in the health sciences, this seminar exists of three parts:

The history of collaboration in health sciences

This session gives an overview of the history of medicine, starting with the Greeks and Romans, via the Middle Ages and the development of anatomy in Italian Universities during the Renaissance. In addition, we will pay attention to the emergence of hospitals. These historic developments will show that health sciences are collaborative from the start, but that these collaborations have become increasingly complex, institutionalized, and internationalized.

Defining the structures of scientific collaboration

This session discusses theories of collaboration, from Merton, Fleck and Kuhn towards laboratory studies. Attention for the growth of science emerged in the 1960s with the introduction of the term ‘big science’, while recently scientific collaboration is increasing as well as quantitative and qualitative studies on the subject. Closely related to definitions of collaboration are the questions: why to collaborate, how to collaborate, and how to measure collaboration? By looking at scientific collaboration from different perspectives, we will discuss the relation between the epistemic and social organization of science.

Current collaboration across health research and medical care

This session examines the structures and dynamics of scientific collaboration in health research and health care. Based on the edited volume Collaboration Across Health Research and Medical Care that brings together detailed research from the US, Canada, Europe and Japan, we will shed light on the features, environments and relationships that characterize collaboration in health care and research, exploring changing patterns of collaboration and examining the causes and consequences of team work in the health domain.

Anmeldung für Studierende der Soziologie, Ethnologie und Kommunikationswissenschaft über Digicampus. Bei Interesse aus anderen Fächern bitte nachfragen bei Silke Günther (


Prof. Dr. A. J. Strathern & Prof Dr. P. J. Stewart, University of Pittsburgh, USA & University of Otago, New Zealand

Dr. Pamela J. Stewart (Strathern) and Prof. Andrew J. Strathern are a wife and husband research team with a long history of joint publications and research. They are based in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, and have been Visiting Research Fellow and Visiting Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Durham; Visiting Research Fellows in the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen; and have been Visiting Research Fellows at the Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan over many years. 

They have also lived and worked in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands, and presented lectures in many countries around the world. They have published numerous books and articles on their research in the Pacific region, especially in Papua New Guinea; and in Europe (primarily Scotland and Ireland); and in Asia (mainly in Taiwan and China). Their research interests are wide ranging, including Anthropology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies.




Dr. Ina Hagen-Jeske (weitere Informationen zur Person auf der Website der Universität Augsburg/ Lehrstuhl für Europäische Ethnologie/ Volkskunde); Prof. Dr. A. J. Strathern und Prof. Dr. P. J. Stewart, University of Pittsburgh, USA & University of Otago, New Zealand

Zeit und Ort:

Vorbesprechung: 13.4.2016 von 10–11.30 Uhr (Raum 2005 / Gebäude D)

Blocksitzungen: 3.5., 10.5., 19.5., 24.5., 31.5., 2.6. und 7.6.2016 jeweils 16 bis 19.30 Uhr (Raum 2004/ Gebäude H (Jura) – Achtung: Raum für den 7.6.2016 wird noch bekannt gegeben).

(Vorbehaltlich eventueller Änderungen, bitte beachten Sie die Angaben im Digicampus).

Healing Practices and Religion

Medical Anthropology is a growing and by now prominently well-established branch of anthropology, dealing with aspects of the meanings given to illnesses and their therapeutic treatment throughout the world, from small-scale rural societies to large cosmopolitan cities.
Its origins lie in the practices of tribal societies, but its methods of enquiry and theoretical bases can be applied to any medical situation, including the questions of doctor-patient interactions in biomedical contexts. This seminar draws on a corpus of our own work on these themes, centered on our updated textbook Curing and Healing: Medical Anthropology in Global Perspective, 2010 (2nd ed.), but with appropriate readings drawn from other sources. Critical medical anthropology and epidemiology also incorporate insights into how macro-factors can influence micro-situations of illness and its spread as well as efforts in public health practices to contain and eradicate disease. Epidemiological crises challenge both biomedical and local indigenous ways of dealing with widespread outbreaks of dangerous conditions. In additon, we may also introduce some topics from work done in New Zealand and Samoa by medical anthropologists Ruth Fitzgerald and Jessica Harding.

Anmeldung für Studierende der Ethnologie, Kommunikationswissenschaft und Soziologie über Digicampus. Bei Interesse aus anderen Fächern bitte nachfragen bei Dr. Ina Hagen-Jeske (


Das Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Gesundheitsforschung (ZIG) ist im April 2014 als zentrale Einrichtung an der Universität Augsburg gegründet worden. Es bündelt Forschung aus wirtschafts-, rechts-, sozial- und geisteswissenschaftlichen sowie weiteren Disziplinen, um die Entwicklungen im Gesundheitssystem insgesamt sowie in der medizinischen Praxis in ihren unterschiedlichen, aufeinander bezogenen Dimensionen in den Blick zu nehmen. Unterstützt wird das Forschungszentrum von einem hochkarätigen Beirat, der durch namhafte Persönlichkeiten aus Politik und Gesellschaft vertreten wird. Weiterführende Informationen zum Forschungszentrum unter