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L’utilité de ce genre d’institutions est incontestable. Car le monde moderne est sans cesse confronté à des innovations, médicales ou autres, qui s’appliquent à l’homme ou à son environnement proche. Ce lieu est donc nécessaire pour préparer la matière intellectuelle qui sera ensuite transférée aux citoyens afin que ceux- ci puissent se prononcer quant à la légitimité de ces innovations.


Professeur Axel Kahn, le célèbre généticien français, lors de l’inauguration de la Fondation Brocher


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Bernike Pasveer Bernike Pasveer

Assistant Professor - Dept. of Science Studies, Maastricht University

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Bernike Pasveer is assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences of Maastricht University, Netherlands. Before she moved there, in 1996, she worked as a PhD Candidate at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and as a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation (CSI) in Paris.


She has always worked in the field of Science & Technology Studies, with a focus on the human body as it is rendered (bio)medically. She is particularly interested in the (technological, cultural, discursive etc.) work it take to achieve things that are often assumed to occur 'naturally' (such as giving birth, being talented, or dying).

Her PhD thesis (1992) concerned the work it took to make (early) X-ray images depict the body's insides. She worked with Madeleine Akrich (CSI) on how 'nature' and 'technology' were made part of French and Dutch practices of giving birth (1996), and (with Ivo van Hilvoorde (UvA)) on the topic of 'learned bodies' in elite sports (2005). Her current work concernes the ways in which death & dying are being organized in (Dutch) care practices (2018). At Brocher, she will work (with Oddgeir Synnes and Ingunn Moser) to finalize an edited volume on ways of home-making in care at the end of life.