Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare (Workshop, Lancaster, 12 May 2014)

Patient knowledge and involvement in healthcare Royal Institute of Philosophy Workshop Storey Institute, Lancaster Monday 12th May In recent years great efforts have been made to listen to “patient voices” in healthcare practice, research, and policy, but such initiatives have met with mixed success and many patients continue to feel that their view are overlooked Read the full article…

Reflections on ‘Wonder & Co. – Varieties of Intensified Experiences’

Jan B. W. Pedersen reflects on the Wonder & Co. – varieties of intensified experiences symposium that took place on the 19th March 2014 at Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham: Being aware that ‘the beautiful’ can be a great source of wonder, it seemed as though St Mary’s College would be an ideal venue Read the full article…

Academy Scholarship Competition 2014 (Undergraduates of all disciplines apply by March 31 2014)

For the third year, the Institute of Ideas will be running the Academy Scholarship Programme for full time students of ANY academic discipline. Successful applicants will be eligible to attend the annual Academy weekend for only £60. Read on for details of how to apply. The Institute of Ideas Academy is an annual three day Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘Humanitarian Reason: A Moral History of the Present’ (2012) by Didier Fassin

 With a view to broadening the scope of medical humanities and established ideas of what this field entails, we are pleased to offer ‘Humanitarian Reason’ by Didier Fassin (UCPress) for review. Expressions of interest are welcome from students, academics and professionals, as well as creative thinkers and writers from the wider online community.  Snapped up! Stay tuned for more Read the full article…

Whistle While You Work (For Nothing): Positive Affect as Coercive Strategy – The Case of Workfare

In this post, Lynne Friedli and Robert Stearn look at the role of  psychological coercion, notably through the imposition of positive affect,  in UK Government workfare programmes. There has been little or no debate about the recruitment of psychology/psychologists into monitoring,  modifying and/or punishing  people who claim social security benefits. This silence raises important ethical questions, Read the full article…

Wellcome Trust Pre-Application Workshop (Early-/Mid-Career Academics) (London, 18 December 2013)

Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities / Society & Ethics Pre-application Workshop, 18 December 2013 If you are an early or mid-career academic, thinking of applying to the Wellcome Trust funding schemes in Medical Humanities or Society and Ethics, we would like to invite you to a Pre-application Workshop. Wellcome Trust staff will be joined by Expert Review Group Read the full article…

King Lear in a Kelp Store: An Interdisciplinary Convivium on Papay Westray

Professor Jane Macnaughton writes: How was it that a group of ten philosophers, doctors, lawyers, a priest and an anthropologist, ended up playing Act 1 Scene 1 of King Lear in a renovated kelp (seaweed) store on the Island of Papa Westray, one of the most northerly of the Orkney Islands?  We were there by Read the full article…

The future for biomedical collections: ethics, law and social connections in health-related research (Anniversary Event, 28 May 2013, Edinburgh)

The future for biomedical collections: ethics, law and social connections in health-related research JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law Anniversary Event 28th May 2013 4pm-5.30pm followed by a wine reception McEwan Hall Reception Room, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG We are delighted to invite you to the first anniversary event of the Read the full article…

Compassion in Primary Healthcare – conflicts, politics and opportunities (Conference, Edinburgh, 6 June 2013)

RCGP Scotland, in conjunction with the Open Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, the Primary Care Ethics Forum and the Thinkabouthealth network are delighted to announce a one day ethics conference taking place on Thursday 6th June in the newly renovated Edinburgh Grassmarket Community Project. Compassion in healthcare has become a political hot topic Read the full article…

Critical Neuroscience: Ethics, Philosophy, Politics and Policies (Lecture Series Ghent, Belgium, 21 Feb – 23 May 2013)

Organised by the Centre for Critical Philosophy of the University of Ghent together with the Doctoral School of Arts, Humanities and Law & Doctoral School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Ghent University, and in close cooperation with the University of Antwerp (UA), the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) and the Free University of Brussels (ULB). Read the full article…