Jamie Nelson will be contributing to the Summerschool ‘What about the Family?’. 19-26 August 2017

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.

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Kristin Zeiler’s contribution to the Summerschool ‘What about the Family?’, 19-26 August, 2017

Read her the contribution of Kristin Zeiler to the Summerschool “What about the Family”, 19-26 August 2017 in Groningen.

My name is Kristin Zeiler, Reader (Biträdande Professor) at the Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change, Linköping University. I work within the fields of medical humanities, feminist theory and bioethics – and I am particularly interested in issues of embodiment, subjectivity, and normativities in medical practices. At the summer school, I will offer a novel approach to the ethics of bodily exchange practices in medicine, i.e. practices where organs, gametes or blood transit from one body to another body or other bodies. This approach cross-pollinates phenomenological philosophy (particularly phenomenology of medicine and feminist phenomenology) with science and technology studies, bringing together a focus on subjectivity, affect, embodiment and normativity (the contribution from feminist phenomenology and phenomenology of medicine) with that of how social, political, ethical and technological dimensions co-shape the development of bodily exchange practices, including how persons, bodies and technologies come to be understood, positioned and enacted (the STS-inspired contribution). I will also discuss what this cross-pollination helps us do analytically and why it is helpful for bioethical inquiries – beyond my focus on bodily exchanges in medicine – when bioethics is concerned with corporeal subject-formation in relations with others, things and the world, choice, decision-making, and embodied and enacted norms and values.

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Jackie Leach Scully will contribute to the Summerschool “What about the Family’, August 19-26 in Groningen.

Jackie Leach Scully will contribute to the Summerschool “What about the Family’, August 19-26 in Groningen. Read her recommendation here:

My name is Jackie Leach Scully, and I am Professor of Social Ethics and Bioethics in the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre at Newcastle University, UK.  My main research interests are in the areas of empirical bioethical methods, feminist methodology and theory, and disability bioethics. I have a particular focus on the ways in which ‘ordinary people’ come to make bioethical decisions, and have had a number of research projects that examined, example, how people make their families through decisions about prenatal testing, and how religious and cultural attitudes affect people’s ethical evaluations of new reproductive and genetic technologies. Empirical methods enlarge our understanding of how people approach making their own bioethical decisions, and I use this to expand theorisation of important concepts like vulnerability, solidarity and particularity. The summer school will offer everyone who takes part an invaluable opportunity to explore new pathways in bioethical thinking about families, family knowledge, and family relationships.

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Read the personal recommendation of Christian Munthe on our Summerschool What about the Family? August 19-26 2017

Read the personal recommendation of Christian Munthe on our Summerschool ‘What about the Family?’,  August 19-26 2017.


My name is Christian Munthe and I am professor of practical philosophy at the University of Gothenburg. Through my work on reproductive ethics and the ethics and philosophy of person centred care and shared decision-making, the role of family and close personal relationships has has emerged as a critical topic in need of much more exploration in the ethics of health and social care. This summer school offers a unique and much needed opportunity to advance this area and offers to opportunity to explore a wide range of themes in a unified way. My own contribution to the school will be to present philosophical analysis as well as some empirical research relating to the ethics of  family involvement in clinical decision-making. A particular focus will regard adolescent patients and patients i psychiatry, especially regarding areas requiring large amounts of self-care.

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First Announcement Summerschool 2017 “What About the Family”

First announcement Summerschool ‘What About the Family? – An interdisciplinary course on ethical issues in health and social care’



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