KCL/UCL Colloquium February 4th Professor Bronwyn Parry “Ethics in a cultural context: Situating surrogate labour as an exploitative practice”

Don’t miss a great seminar on Thursday at KCL!

Bioethics & Society at King's College London

We are delighted to announce the new event of the KCL/UCL Colloquium which will take place next Thursday, 4th February 2016. Professor Bronwyn Parry, Department of Social Science Health & Medicine,  will give a paper titled“Ethics in a cultural context: Situating surrogate labour as an exploitative practice”.

surrogacyWhen: 4:00 pm -530 pm seminar

Where:  KCL Strand Campus, Somerset House East Wing, SW1.17/18

You can read Prof Bronwyn Parry’s opinion piece on “May the surrogate speak?” for Open Democracy here:

https://www.opendemocracy.net/beyondslavery/bronwn-parry/may-surrogate-speak 

For inquiries about the seminar series please contact Dr Annette Rid: annette.rid@kcl.ac.uk

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Deadline approaching Monday January 18th for IME Conference June 18th Edinburgh! Keynote speakers: Ilina Singh, Oxford and Richard Ashcroft, Queen Mary

There are only a couple of days left to submit an abstract for the Institute of Medical Ethics invites abstracts for its forthcoming conference, which will be held on Saturday 18 June 2016, Edinburgh.

The conference is a one-day event, designed to give opportunities for academics, clinicians and students involved in biomedical ethics research to present their current work.

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Professor Ilina Singh

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers for the 2016 edition will be  Ilina Singh, Professor of Neuroscience & Society at Oxford http://www.psych.ox.ac.uk/team/ilina-singh), and Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics at Queen Mary University (http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/staff/ashcroft.html).

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Professor Richard Ashcroft

The conference organisers welcome submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to bioethics, including medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, philosophy, social sciences, law and public policy. In addition to submissions from established academics, early career researchers and healthcare professionals, we also encourage submissions from postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Download the abstract submission form hereDeadline for submissions18 January 2016. Email submissions to: research@instituteofmedicalethics.org

IME Research Committee: Dr Carwyn Hooper (Chair), Rev Bryan Vernon, Dr Anna Smajdor, Dr. Zoe Fritz, Dr Lucy Frith, Dr Merryn Ekberg, Dr Silvia Camporesi and Ms Emma Nottingham.

For further information please contact: Dr. Carwyn Rhys Hooper, Chair of the IME Research Committee and Senior Lecturer in Medical Ethics and Law, St George’s, University of London chooper@sgul.ac.uk 

Follow IME on twitter for updates and news: https://twitter.com/IMEweb

“Investigating public trust in expert knowledge: ethics, narrative and engagement” special issue Journal of Bioethical Inquiry invites submissions

We invite the submission of papers for a forthcoming (2017) special issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry on “Investigating public trust in expert knowledge: ethics, narrative and engagement”.

The special issue will be the first of its kind to examine the ethics of public trust in expert knowledge systems in emergent and complex global societies. Through an interdisciplinary approach, it will draw from contributions in bioethics, the social sciences and the medical humanities.

Guest Editors: Silvia Camporesi (King’s College London), Mark Davis (Monash University), Maria Vaccarella (University of Bristol)

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Summary

Trust pervades personal, social and political life. Basic trust is seen as the foundation of self, trust figures in the everyday reciprocity of social relations, and governmentality is imbued with questions of trust and distrust. Trust in expert knowledge (i.e. willingness to believe, endorse and enact expert advice) has emerged as a problem for governments seeking to engage and influence publics on matters as wide-ranging as public policy on the environment and economic development, biopolitics, and wellbeing over the life course. The knowledge systems which support climate change policy have been criticized and even refuted, leading to public policy challenges for action on climate. The uptake of vaccines in populations appears to be eroding and scientific/ethical controversies have marked the field. The emerging ‘superbugs’ crisis requires that publics engage with the idea that antimicrobials are no longer available to the extent they once were. Biotechnological interventions in reproductive life and health are subject to changed expectations for expert and consumer rights and responsibilities. The recent explosion of the CRISPR genome editing debate has brought with it socio-technical expectations (e.g. CRISPR technologies as a panacea for a world rid of diseases from birth, and some say even of ageing), together with fears of eugenics and a return to the discourse of designer babies, which now seem a possibility. Public life is marked also by the questions of trust, knowledge and ethics implicated in end-of-life decision making, related controversy over physician-assisted suicide and other questions of life’s limits. Against this backdrop of troubled trust, expert knowledge and changing bio/ thanopolitics, how can governments engage publics? How do public communications take effect? How do experts and publics narrate trust? What are the ethical ramifications of efforts to garner, sustain or regain public trust? As some have argued, are we already post-trust and therefore in alternative modes of public engagement with the idea of collective life?

Topics

Contributions are solicited from the above disciplines that look at the role of narratives in the construction and deconstruction of public trust in expert knowledge and at ethical or unethical ways of engaging with the publics on a variety of topics, including but not limited to:

  • sustainability and climate change
  • public policy and economic development
  • vaccination and other biotechnologies
  • emerging infectious diseases, including superbugs
  • reproductive health
  • provider-consumer relations in health care and beyond
  • genetics, including genome editing technologies (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9)
  • race
  • end-of-life decision making

Methodologies:

We seek contributions that apply narrative approaches to bioethics, sociology, and medical humanities.

The special issue will consist of 8-10 contributions that employ a variety of methodological approaches for a recommended length of 7,000-7,500 words each.

Instructions for authors for submission to JBI can be found here:

http://bioethicalinquiry.com/wp-content/uploads/JBI_IFA.pdf

Abstract Submission and Timeline

Extended abstract of 750 words should be submitted to Dr Silvia Camporesi by January 25, 2016. Please clearly state in your abstract the methodology you are employing in your paper, and how your contribution addresses the topic of the special issue ‘‘Investigating public trust in expert knowledge: ethics, narrative and engagement’.

A decision on the abstract will be notified by Feb 15, 2016.

Full papers are expected by May 1, 2016.

Reviewed papers will be returned to authors by August 1, 2016.

Revised papers are expected by October 1, 2016.

The special issue is expected to appear in print in June 2017.

For inquiries contact Dr Silvia Camporesi: silvia.1.camporesi@kcl.ac.uk