Boundary Experiences of Human Life between Biomedical Explanation and Lived Experience

The DFG research training group aims at establishing mutually shared methodological pathways to topics in life sciences and life writing related to boundary experiences of human life. It proceeds from the hypothesis that life sciences and biomedicine on the one hand and the humanities and cultural sciences on the other hand approach the same subject of man in his life-world from different angles. If we assume that life sciences and life writing can each be understood as a specific set of narrative practices, in which the significance of explanations and models depend to a large degree on the ways in which empirical data, explanations, and experiences are narrativized, what emerges then is an approach for establishing common methodological perspectives on man in his life-world.

News from our GRK

26.10.2020: First Fellow of the Second Cohorte Completes her PhD

We are very pleased to congratulate Hamideh Mahdiani on completing her PhD in American Studies. Her dissertation on "Resilience Research: A Narrative Studies" takes an innovative and unique look at resilence research studies and the power of narratives. On October 26 she defended her work in front of an interdisciplinary and international committee consisting of Prof. Dr. Mita Banerjee, Gutenberg University Mainz, Prof. Dr. Norbert W. Paul, University Medical Center Mainz, and Dr. Michael Ungar, PhD, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

21.10.2020: New Project on the Treatment of Lung Cancer granted by EU/DLR

This month the EU and the DLR (Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrtzentrum) granted the project "Personalized multimodal therapies for the treatment of lung cancer". The project, which is a cooperation between the University Medical Center and the DFG-Research Training Group "Life Sciences - Life Writing", aims at researching innovative tumor therapies for lung cancer.