Southampton Event: Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics II (April 13)

In 2015, Bioethics, Meetings, Reproduction on March 16, 2015 at 9:08 am

We’re delighted to spread the word re the forthcoming event on “Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology Workshop II”, to be hosted at Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, on April 13th, 2015.

The speakers are Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown), Sally Fischer (Warren-Wilson), Lindsey Porter (Sheffield), and Fiona Woollard (Southampton).

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 and transformative state of pregnancy seriously. Pregnancy also raises epistemological issues. Does the radically transformative character of pregnancy mean that those who have never been pregnant are excluded from certain kinds of knowledge about pregnancy and its consequences? And are pregnant women taken seriously now as knowers and testifiers? These epistemological issues have important implications for the appropriate way to approach the ethical debate.

This workshop is one of a series of four in the project Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, funded by the Southampton Ethics Centre and the University of Southampton ‘Adventures in Research’ Scheme. It will be followed by two workshops on Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics and was preceded by a workshop on Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Ethics and Epistemology on the 18th of June 2014.

For more information, program, abstracts and registration: http://www.southampton.ac.uk/philosophy/news/events/2015/04/13-pregnancy-workshop.page.

Registration is free of charge, and will include tea/coffee/refreshments. Delegates must provide/ pay for their own meals; there is an option to sign up for a buffet lunch (cost: GBP 8.50) when registering via the online store: http://go.soton.ac.uk/6ce

Please register by April 1st. If you would like to attend but childcare duties render your attendance difficult, please contact the organisers (as far in advance as possible).

Elselijn Kingma, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Southampton

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