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Anna originally trained as a Physiotherapist (Pirkanmaa University of Applied Sciences in Finland), and then pursued Master of Art’s in Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Health (UCL in London).
She recently completed her PhD in Humanities, at the Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics, at the University of Brighton, UK. Her thesis analysed the relationship between theory and practice of the critical theorist Theodor Adorno’s philosophy and her work re-reads the relationship in the context of ethical theories and concepts used in physiotherapy.
Anna is currently working as a Researcher in the Academy of Finland funded project Assembling Postcapitalist International Political Economy at Tampere University in Finland, in which she is analysing global physiotherapy discourses on dementia, politics, and economics.
She is Co-chair of Critical Physiotherapy Network, co-Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed journal of the Finnish Death Studies Association, and co-founder of a mental health physiotherapy webpage. Read more about Anna's work in her blog here.
Anna’s research interests include German and French philosophy, medical humanities, ethics, politics of affect, and philosophy and global political economy of dementia, mental health, incontinence, and rehabilitation.
She has published on the embodied value of long-term care and critical physiotherapy ethics, and she is currently preparing both single- and co-authored publications on Critical Discourse Analysis and diverse economies of dementia rehabilitation, deconstructive readings of incontinence-related political economy, and a critical reading of Shakespeare’s character Richard III.
So she perfectly qualified to walk us through critical theory.
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So this was such an interesting and enlightening conversation with Anna. As you’ll hear, I was somewhat daunted by the theoretical, social and political weight and breadth of critical theory and I was concerned I would feel like a child lost in an amusement park when trying to convey its history and relevance to qualitative work – but fortunately Anna held my hand firmly and skilfully guided me through the conversation.
While we didn’t dive deep into critical theory, as we would have never likely never surfaced – I think that we covered sufficient ground to introduce some of its major premises and positions and hope it provide an entrance point for those wanting to learn more – I know it certainly did for me.
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