Politics and Ethics of Infection: An International Conference (CfA, University of Sydney, 10-12 December 2015)

Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Disease and Biosecurity, School of Public Health & Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine The Program Committee invites submission for abstracts for oral and poster presentations and for workshops or symposia on any aspect of the politics and ethics of infection. Papers are sought in the following streams: Read the full article…

AHRC network on health and social care prioritisation and funding (University of Liverpool, 15th June 2015)

Medicine, markets and morals (MMM) is a multi-disciplinary research network on health and social care prioritisation and funding, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), led by Dr Lucy Frith (Liverpool) and Professor Cam Donaldson (Glasgow Caledonian University). The debate over health care funding in England is changing and the founding principles of Read the full article…

Peter Singer ‘The Most Good you can Do: How “Effective Altruism” is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically’ (Public Lecture, Durham, 5 June 2015)

Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, will be speaking at Durham on 5 June (17:30 to 19:00, Elvet Riverside 201). His talk is entitled: ‘The Most Good you can Do: How “Effective Altruism” is Changing Ideas about Living Ethically’. The organisers have indicated that there is “no need to reserve Read the full article…

Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology Workshop II (Workshop, University of Southampton, 13th April 2015)

In applied ethics, much has been written in relation to pregnancy – based either on a conception of pregnancy as the ‘hosting of a stranger’, or focusing on the rights of the foetus whilst disregarding that foetus’s existence as intertwined with that of its mother. Neither of these two approaches takes the unique physical, relation Read the full article…

Reviewer needed: ‘The Right to Bodily Integrity’ edited by A. M. Viens

The Centre for Medical Humanities has been granted a review copy of ‘The Right to Bodily Integrity‘ edited by A. M. Viens (Ashgate, 2014). We are seeking an experienced and thorough reviewer to scrutinise the range of issues presented in this reference book, and it may be particularly well suited to academics with an interest in medical Read the full article…

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ reviewed by Dr Thomas Lawrence Long

‘The Quest for a Moral Compass: A Global History of Ethics’ by Kenan Malik (Atlantic Books, 2014) In the final chapter of this global survey of ethical systems written for a popular audience, Kenan Malik recalls T. S. Eliot’s ‘Little Gidding’, which admonishes us that ‘to make an end is to make a beginning’. So Read the full article…

Think-Tanks and the Governance of Science: Guest Post by Martyn Pickersgill & Emilie Cloatre

Think-tanks play a key role in policy today. Yet, for scholars who are concerned with the dynamics within and between law and science, the place and impact of such organisations are often over-looked. To begin to remedy this, we held an event titled ‘Regulating Bioscience: Between the Ivory Tower and the Policy Room’ on the Read the full article…

Psychiatry beyond Scientism (CfP, Conference, Amsterdam January 22-24 2015)

Psychiatry Beyond Scientism: Exploratory Models, Professional Practices, and Socio-Cultural Contexts January 22-24, 2015 VU University Amsterdam Confirmed speakers: John Campbell (UC Berkeley, USA) Trudy Dehue (University of Groningen, Netherlands) Bill Fulford (University of Warwick, UK) John Sadler (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA) Mona Gupta (Université de Montréal, Canada) Marc Lewis (Radboud University, Netherlands) Read the full article…

Conference call for participation and programme: The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals (Rothbury, 18-19 September)

The Ethics of In-Vitro Flesh and Enhanced Animals 9am Thursday 18 September – 5pm Friday 19 September 2014 Rothbury Golf Club, Northumberland, England What are the ethical issues associated with the creation of ‘cultured flesh’ and flesh from animals with ‘enhanced’ properties, including reduced capacities for sentience and increased nutritional benefits? How do we assess Read the full article…

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies (CfP, Conference, Switzerland, 26-28 Jan 2015)

Conceptualizing Disability as a Public Health Issue: Impairment, Enhancement and Emerging Biotechnologies Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland 26-28 January, 2015 There is broad evidence indicating that the total number of persons experiencing disability has increased substantially in recent times. Emerging biotechnologies offer the possibility to affect and transform (and disrupt) many aspects of life of those Read the full article…