The Hospital Multiple. Clinical Spaces Beyond the Practice of Medicine.


We are happy to announce Janina Kehr's STS Talk on the 14th December 2022, 5.30 pm.

You can either participate in the STS Seminar Room (Universitätsstraße 7/Stiege II/6. Stock (NIG) 1010 Vienna) or you can also join us via Zoom.


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There is much more to hospitals than the practice of medicine. Hospitals have kitchens, laundries and cafeterias. Hospitals are buildings, situated in neighborhoods, where different communities meet. Hospitals have fences and security services, surveillance cameras and guidance schemes, parks and parking spaces. Hospitals are equipped with waste-management systems and logistics departments with well-defined protocols for the entry and exit of people and things. Hospitals are dusty places and sterilized locations. They are warm and cold, labyrinthine and intimate. They have histories that haunt the present. In my talk, I will address hospitals as spaces and places that exceed the practice of medicine. By foregrounding the more-than-medical aspects that are folded into hospital spaces, I will be concerned with the economic, political, architectural, infrastructural, military, metabolic and affective dimensions of hospitals, that are easily overlooked in ethnographic works when medical encounters are foregrounded.



Janina Kehr is a Professor of Medical Anthropology and Global Health at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. Before she came to Vienna, she researched and taught between 2017 and 2020 as an SNSF Ambizione Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern. She works and publishes on time politics, moral economics and the environmental impact of biomedicine and public health. She is currently working on a book on Medicine in Times of Austerity in Spain, which will focus on public health infrastructures and care practices at the intersection of debt economies, government bureaucracy and everyday experiences.