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Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives
United Kingdom

Theorising Personal Medical Devices: New Perspectives

18th-19th September 2014 Post-doctoral Suite, 16 Mill Lane, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Fuelled by the accelerating pace of technological development and a general shift to personalised, patient-led medicine alongside the growing Quantified Self and Big Data movements, the emerging field of personal medical devices is one which is advancing rapidly across multiple domains and disciplines – so rapidly that conceptual and empirical understandings of personal medical devices, and their clinical, social and philosophical implications, often lag behind new developments and interventions. Personal medical devices – devices that are attached to, worn by, interacted with, or carried by individuals for the purposes of generating biomedical data and/or carrying out medical interventions with/on the person concerned – have become increasingly significant in clinical and extra-clinical contexts owing to a range of factors including the growth of multimorbidity and chronic disease in ageing populations and the increasing sophistication and miniaturisation of personal devices themselves.

The aim of this symposium is to consider recent theoretical developments in the humanities and social sciences in relation to personal medical devices, and to address important gaps in understanding such as the differences between wearable and non-wearable devices, the ontological implications of personal devices for concepts of the body, the self, and technology, and the extent to which such questions may arise with particular force owing to ‘new’ technologies.

The symposium will take place at the University of Cambridge over two days, with the first day consisting of papers and keynote presentations, and with the second day consisting of further papers and a concluding panel of invited discussants from a range of backgrounds including computing science, clinical medicine, technology, and philosophy.

The symposium will combine invited and submitted papers from established and emerging scholars to consider how recent theoretical literature can shed light on current debates surrounding personal medical devices these and other important issues. Some of the questions that papers may address include:

How ‘personal’ are personal medical devices?

How new are ‘new’ medical technologies?

What are the implications of personal medical devices for enduring philosophical dualities such as mind/body and self/society?

What are the implications of personal medical devices for understandings of illness, medicine, and technology?

How can the interaction of diverse theoretical perspectives drive new conceptual understandings of personal medical devices?

Academic, Bioethicist, Computer Scientist, Ethicist, Health Services Researcher, Philosopher, Physician Researcher, Technologist
International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice 2014

International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice 2014

13-15 August 2014 Brisbane, Australia

The Queensland University of Technology Health Law Research Centre, Dalhousie Health Law Institute and Tsinghua Health Law Research Centre are pleased to invite you to the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice 2014 (ICEL 2014). The conference will be hosted by the Queensland University of Technology Health Law Research Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia from 13-15 August 2014.

The Conference will provide a global forum at which health law scholars, bioethicists, legal and health practitioners, and health law and bioethics institutions can meet to discuss and present on law, ethics, policy and practice relating to the end of life, in particular around the conference’s four sub-themes:

1. Withholding and withdrawal of potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. advance care planning, futile treatment)

2. Palliative care and terminal sedation

3. Euthanasia and assisted suicide

4. Determination of death and organ and tissue donation.

Please direct any queries to:

QUT Events
Phone: +61 7 3138 9358

Academic, Bioethicist, Ethicist, Lawyer, Philosopher, Physician, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst
28th European Conference on Philosophy of Medicine and Health Care

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?

Academic, Ethicist, Historian, Philosopher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist