On the 20th of August the Summerschool “What about the Family” starts. Ben Kenofer from the Michagan State University and attendant of the summerschool will blog daily about the Summerschool on the Blog of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics ( see ijfab.org/blog).
We are proud to welcome the 16 (inter)-national students in Groningen and we are looking forward to a great week.
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Summerschool ‘What about the Family?’ – An interdisciplinary Course on Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care, 20th-25th of August, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
From 20-25 August 2017, a one-week workshop on ethical issues affecting families in health and social care, will be held in the Dutch university town of Groningen. The workshop, “What About the Family?” is primarily intended for graduate students and early career researchers in bioethics, the medical humanities, critical family studies, and cognate fields, but master students are also invited to apply. It will allow attendees post to work with experienced figures in their areas of interest drawn from across the continent and the world. Summerschool faculty include Marian Verkerk (Groningen University), Jackie Leach Scully (Newcastle University), Simon Woods (Newcastle University), Jamie Nelson (Michigan State University), Hilde Lindemann (emerita Michigan State University), Ulrik Kihlbom (Uppsala University), Veerle Provoost (Ghent University), Kristin Zeiler (Linköping University), Christian Munthe (Göthenburg University), Katharina Beier and Sabine Woehlke (Göttingen University). Ainsley Newson ( University of Sydney) will be a keynote speaker on the subject ‘Coming Emerging challenges in reproductive and genomic technologies development and their impact for family ethics”
Apply now for the Summerschool 20th-25th August 2017…. Deadline is 1 June 2017
For further details, please visit http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/
Sabine Woelke will contribute to Summerschool ‘What about the Family’?
My name is Sabine Wöhlke and I am a researcher in the field of medical ethics and medical anthropology at the University of Göttingen. I work in the field of empirical ethics and am interested in understanding family dynamics and their relational implications for medical decisions. In addition, I am also interested in reciprocity concepts within the family and the extent to which special obligations exist for family members concerning medical decisions. I am looking forward to the summer school as I am interested in family concepts and the related concepts of self-determination, voluntariness and solidarity from other disciplines. I would be delighted to learn from young scholars working in gender and cultural studies and discuss with them new approaches and ideas in the context of family issues. Together with Katharina Beier I will present a comparative analysis of living organ donation and surrogate motherhood with a special focus on the relational implications of these practices.
Read for more information http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/more-information
Simon Woods is contributing to the Summerschool “What about the Family”.Here is his recomendation
My name is Simon Woods and I am a philosopher with a special interest in Medical ethics and Bioethics and I work in the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University, UK. My contribution to the bioethics field is in three key areas: i) Clinical bioethics with a special focus on end of life issues, ii) Research bioethics with a special focus on novel medical technologies and iii) the bioethics of genomics. Each of these areas of work have engaged with the complexities of the family as they present unique challenges to the traditional autonomy centric approaches adopted by Western medicine. I am strongly influenced by empirically informed bioethics especially research which draws upon a ‘naturalised’ approach. The summer school will offer everyone who takes part an opportunity to develop creative ways to further their bioethical thinking about families in the context of social and healthcare.
Read for further information http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/
My name is Katharina Beier and I am a researcher in the field of medical ethics at Goettingen University. I am interested in understandings of the family as a collective actor, its special moral agency and how it fits into individual-centered normative frameworks. Moreover, I am interested in family issues in the context of assisted reproductive technologies. I am looking forward to this summer school because I am convinced that it will enhance exchange on family issues in ethics and related disciplines. In particular, the summer school will offer a unique opportunity for young researchers to discuss their works with other scholars from different disciplines. Together with Sabine Wöhlke I will present a comparative ethical analysis of surrogate motherhood and living organ donation with special focus on the relational implications of these practices.
Read and apply before 1June 2017. http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/
There is now an up to date program Summerschool “What about the Family – An Interdisciplinary Course on Ethical Issues on Health and Social Care’, University of Groningen.
Deadline for application is 1 June 2017. Read for more information and application http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/
And here is the prorgam with contributors ( among others) Jackie Leach Scully, Christian Munthe and Ainsley Newson
Programm Summerschool What about the Family+AN
Hope to see you there
Ainsley Newson will be contributor to the Summerschool ‘What about the Family’ – Interdisciplinary Course on Ethical Issues in Health and Social Care
Coming Emerging challenges in reproductive and genomic technologies development and their impact for family ethics by Ainsley Newson
We have long known that genetic information is inherently familial. But the emergence of genomics may re-emphasie the individual. Traditionally, DNA testing has often involved caring for families as opposed to individuals. Now, individuals are increasingly able to access whole genome sequencing. While familial information can be useful for interpretation, it is not always required. How might this impact concepts such as privacy, the right not to know and the duty to inform? And how should we construe concepts such as ‘best interests’ when we are balancing individual and family interests?
While genomics may de-emphasise familial kinship; emerging reproductive technologies may be increasing the emphasis on genetic ties. Mitochondrial replacement, for example, exists to allow couples to have a child free of mitochondrial disease who is genetically related to both ‘parents’.
This session will draw on case studies and relevant concepts to draw together and critically apply discussions from throughout the course so far.
Read for further information and apply http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/
My name is Veerle Provoost. I am Professor of Empirical research methods for Ethics and Bioethics at Ghent University, Belgium, and Lecturer of Advanced methods for Qualitative research in Bioethics at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Over the last years, I coordinated an interdisciplinary team of researchers who studied genetic and social parenthood in the context of donor conception. When looking at how ordinary people reason and make decisions in health-related contexts (mainly reproductive medicine), it becomes clear that patients bring their own sets of principles; principles that may be very different from what medical staff anticipated and may feature around moral elements that may completely escape the attention of ethicists. Most importantly, the moral reasoning of everyday people is centred more around relationships than around the principles that are at the core of today’s scholarly bioethics. Therefore, this summer school offers a much welcomed and needed opportunity to learn how scholars from several different disciplines have answered to the urgent call that biomedicine and bioethics require a more relational perspective to understand how people develop their sense of moral responsibility and identity. My contribution to the school will be to share my expertise in designing and using adequate methods for interdisciplinary empirical research in bioethics, presenting examples mainly from studies in the context of reproductive medicine and the creation of new (types of) families.
Read further and apply http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/
Jamie Nelson will be contributing to the Summerschool ‘What about the Family?’. 19-26 August 2017. Read her recommendation here:
Hi! I’m Jamie Nelson, a Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University in the US. I’ve been thinking , writing, and teaching about the ways both health care and bioethics tend to misunderstand the crucial importance of families to patient care, and how families can be affected—sometimes damaged—by the demands made on them. I’m looking forward to working wth you this summer as we continue to refine our understanding of these tough issues at the cutting edge of contemporary practice and theory. I’ll be mainly talking about justice and injustice , both within families, and between families and health care institutions—issues that raise both perplexing conceptual issues and that are crucial to the lives to millions of people caught between the needs of those they love, and the routines of health practice and policies.
Read for more information and apply: http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer_schools_2017/what_about_family/