Call for Abstracts: 28th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care
27 – 30 August, 2014 Debrecen, Hungary
"Bioethics and Biopolitics"
This conference will organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH) and the Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Debrecen, Hungary.
The term “bio-politics” is either used as a philosophical or sociological term referring to the works of Negri, Agamben, Rose, or Foucault, who focused on the contemporary style of governing
populations through bio-power, or as an umbrella concept referring to public policies regarding applications of biotechnology and the life sciences. Both usages suggest, that bio-politics is a central concept for modern societies. At the same time bioethics has become increasingly interdisciplinary and ever more politicized. Bioethical issues figure in presidential campaigns and parliamentary elections. Bioethicists are advisors for governments and frame recommendations for public policies. Bioethics and bio-politics have become deeply interwoven activities.
If bioethics and bio-politics are highly interwoven, then how should we understand their relationship? Does politics corrupt bioethics? How does bioethics affect policy-making? How has bioethics been affected by its role in policy-making?
Abstracts addressing these issues in the following topics will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted:
Historical & empirical aspects of biopolitics
• Population policies
• Public health
• Reproductive control as a form of biopolitics
Role of bioethics in biopolitics
• Intergovernmental organizations in bioethics (UNESCO, WHO, Councel of Europe etc)
• Human rights law & bioethics; Bioethics in the policy-making process
• Advisory bodies & commissions
• Ethics committees
• Deliberative processes & bioethics
Biopolitical issues & Bioethical perspectives
• End-of-life decisions
• Reproductive medicine
• Research with human beings
• Organ transplantation
• Patients’ rights; Justice in healthcare
• Conflicts of interests
• Human enhancement
Theories & concepts
• Frankfurt School & biopolitics
• Biopower & globalization
• Foucauldian heritage
The programme of the conference will include plenary sessions as well as parallel sessions. Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference should submit an abstract (500 words maximum) before March 1, 2014. The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation.
The deadline for registration is June 30th, 2014.
Abstracts and registrations could be sent by email to Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the ESPMH, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland (firstname.lastname@example.org).