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Announcing the inaugural HEAL annual lecture: Prof. Jonathan Montgomery, ‘Bioethics as a Governance Practice’, 7 May

In 2015, Meetings on April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

We are delighted to announce that Prof. Jonathan Montgomery (Faculty of Laws, UCL) will give the inaugural Centre for Health, Ethics and Law (HEAL) Annual Lecture. This event will be held on Thursday 7 May at 6pm in Lecture Theatre A (Nuffield Theatre, building 6), and is generously sponsored by Health Care Analysis

Jonathan will be speaking on ‘Bioethics as a Governance Practice’. 

ABSTRACT The nature and scope of bioethics has been long debated. Some see it as a descriptor of a field of study; covering topics such as research ethics, death and dying, genetics, reproductive technologies and behavioural control. Others suggest it is an academic discipline, perhaps with its roots in moral philosophy. Others still suggest that it is an academic enterprise bringing to bear a constellation of disciplines to make sense of issues in the field. The public and policy facing aspects of this work have given rise to considerable controversy over the nature and legitimacy of bioethical expertise, giving rise to ‘culture wars’ in the USA. This lecture examines the nature of bioethics as a governance practice. It explores the range of mechanisms that have been adopted for regulation, oversight and mediation of public concerns and discusses some of the implications of this movement of bioethics from academic and clinical contexts into institutions in the public square.

See further the event poster: HEAL Annual Lecture 2015.

Next HEAL seminar: Sam Walker, ‘The Sword of Damocles: Criminal Law’s Shadow Over Contemporary Body Modification Practices’, Wed 22 April 4-5pm

In 2015, Meetings on April 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

The next HEAL Seminar will be held on Wednesday, 22 April 2015, from 4pm in Room 04/4053. Sam Walker (University of Manchester) will be speaking on The Sword of Damocles: Criminal Law’s Shadow Over Contemporary Body Modification Practices. All welcome. Any questions: please email heal@soton.ac.uk. 


I seek to demonstrate that the formal legal system is in conflict with the contemporary social practice of body modification. I will show that the social practice of body modification meets the definition of a convention as stated by David Lewis to which two attendant secondary conventions exist; one relating to the conduct of law enforcement agents and the other relating to the role of medicalisation. This leads, I will argue, to the existence of two conflicting normative systems which have only avoided conflict due to the presence of the two secondary conventions (primarily the one relating to enforcement). As a result of the potential for conflict between these two systems, due to the expansion of body modification techniques and technology, one or the other of them should be amended. I argue that the law concerning assault should be amended to explicitly permit body modification as a lawful activity.

This year’s Postgraduate Bioethics Conference: Call for papers

In 2015, Bioethics on April 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm

In 2014, Emma Nottingham and Alex Chrysanthou organised the annual Postgraduate Bioethics Conference (PGBC2014) here in Southampton. In 2015 the baton has passed on to a team of PGRs in Manchester. The focus for PGBC2015 is ‘Binaries in Bioethics: What role should they serve?’. The call for papers has been issued:

The 9th Postgraduate Bioethics Conference will be held in Manchester on the 7th and 8th of September 2015. It is a prestigious annual conference aimed at doctoral researchers whose research involves bioethical analysis. Over the past eight years, it has become established as a leading environment for doctoral candidates to meet, network, and present their work. This year’s theme is ‘Binaries in Bioethics: What role should they serve?’ Bioethical thought frequently utilises binaries to explore and understand experience, practice, and ethical challenges. Binaries such as mind/body, male/female, health/illness, therapy/enhancement, and disability/giftedness permeate bioethical debate. We would like to invite colleagues to submit papers addressing binaries in bioethics; and would welcome papers, whether from a historical or contemporary perspective, that explore the values, limitations, and possibilities offered by binary approaches. Abstracts are welcome from healthcare practitioners, bioethicists, the medical humanities, and anyone working in related fields.

The Conference is a two-day event, designed to give opportunities for doctoral researchers involved in bioethical research to present their current work. The conference will also include four keynote addresses from senior scholars in their respective fields, a lecture from another leading scholar and two workshops. Please refer to the website for further information. The Conference organisers welcome submissions from a range of disciplines relevant to bioethics including, but not limited to, medical ethics, medicine, healthcare, life sciences, philosophy, social sciences, law and public policy.

Abstracts should be in English, no more than 300 words, and in Word or preferably PDF format. Please note that you must be a registered postgraduate student, and we will only accept abstracts sent from a valid institutional email address.

Those wishing to simply attend can register now but please be aware that capacity is limited. Please note that submitting an abstract does not secure your attendance at the event so you are advised to register early in order to avoid disappointment.

Registration will be free for participants and attendees but please be aware there are limited spaces available. The Postgraduate Bioethics Conference cannot cover the cost of travel and accommodation. Additional details regarding accommodation are detailed on the website.

Submissions should be e-mailed to the conference organisers, Sacha Waxman and David Lawrence, by 30th June 2015: postgrad.bioethics@outlook.com.

We are also currently awaiting confirmation with the Editors from a selection of leading bioethics journals regarding whether the winning papers from the conference could be published as such (subject to peer review of course). If you have any questions please email us at postgrad.bioethics@outlook.com .

Kind regards,
Sacha Waxman and David Lawrence
The Postgraduate Bioethics Conference 2015

Email: postgrad.bioethics@outlook.com
Website: http://www.postgradbioethics.com/
Twitter: @PGBC2015
Venue: http://www.conference.manchester.ac.uk/venues/search/details/?property=8