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Nete Schwennesen

Nete Schwennesen

Postdoc, External examinor

My research interest centers on health care technologies and processes of knowledge production through which life is visualized, managed and acted upon and the moral spaces of action and decision-making that is generated herein. In my Ph.d. I studied life in its emergent state in the context of selective reproductive technologies and focused on the beginning of life and processes through which forms of life were assessed as eligible for coming into being.

Current research
In my current research I study the improvement and possible extention of life, as frail elderly bodies are offered digital technologies in the context of rehabilitation and the promotion of 'active ageing'. The project is part of the interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Ageing at Copenhagen University

My research is based on ethnographic fieldworks and draws theoretically on medical anthropology and sociology, and science and technology studies.

Research group
I am a member of the Health and Life Conditions research group at the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Medical Science and Technology studies (MeST) at the Institute of Public Health: 

Selected publications

Schwennesen, Nete (2012) At the magins of life: Making fetal life matter in trajectories of first trimester prenatal risk assessment, in Bio-objects: Life in 21th century, eds. Niki Vermeulen, Sakari Tamminen & Aandrew Webster, Ashgate, pp. 117-131

Schwennesen, Nete & Koch, Lene (2012) Representing and intervening: Doing good care in first trimester prenatal risk assessment (FTPRA). Sociology of Health and Illness. Special issue on medical screening. 34(2): 283-298

Schwennesen, Nete, Svendsen, Mette N., Koch, Lene (2010) Beyond informed choice: Prenatal risk assessment, decision-making and trust. Clinical Ethics, 5: 207-216

Schwennesen, Nete & Koch, Lene (2009) Calculating and visualising life: Matters of fact in the context of prenatal risk assessment, in Life Science in Society eds. Susanne Bauer & Ayo Wahlberg, Ashgate, pp. 69-87

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