Ethics seminars by the St. André International Center for Ethics and Integrity
Ethics seminars offered by the St. André International Center for Ethics and Integrity (France)
St. André International Center for Ethics and Integrity is pleased to announce the following Ethics seminars for 2024
Ethics of End-of-Life Care: Contributions from the Arts and Humanities (February 11–17, 2024, in Rome, Italy)
Ethics Educators Workshop (September 16–20, 2024, in Rochefort du Gard, near Avignon, France)
Bioethics Colloquium (September 23–26, 2024, in Rochefort du Gard, near Avignon, France)
Health Care Ethics: Catholic Perspectives (October 22–26, 2024, in Rochefort du Gard, near Avignon, France)
More info here
If you are interested in participating or have questions about the seminars, please contact Dr. Jos Welie MA, MMeds, JD, PhD, FACD directly: info[at]saintandre.org.
Liberation Medicine: Past, Present and Future
At the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany, from 27th to 29th February 2024.
WORKSHOP: „LIBERATION MEDICINE: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE”
Date: 27 – 29 February 2024
Organizers: Amand Führer (Institute for Medical Epidemiology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg) and Julia Vorhölter (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Venue: Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle (Saale), Germany
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (Deadline is 10th January 2024)
„Medicine, the hospital, and the clinic (…) can be isolated, closed off, from the external world and from the experiential world of patients. Or they can provide a space where new ways of addressing and responding to human misery are worked out.
(…) [What might medicine become] if (…) it could see the suffering that enters the clinic as an expression of the tragic experience of the world [?] We might have the basis for a liberation medicine, a new medicine, like a new theology, fashioned
out of hope.” (Scheper-Hughes 1992: 215)
In her book Death Without Weeping (1992), Nancy Scheper-Hughes coined the term „liberation medicine”, which aims to place the individual experience of illness in a larger social context and use it as a starting point for critical thinking and resistance. Illness, so the basic premise of liberation medicine, is a form of passive resistance which can be turned into an effective political strategy. Accordingly, medicine is understood as a „critical practice of freedom” that can create spaces for patients and medical staff in which new ways of dealing with human suffering are negotiated. Proponents of liberation medicine look beyond the sick individual to social structures that prevent disadvantaged people and population groups from realizing their right to health. They see the potential and, in fact, the moral obligation of medicine – in practice as well as in research – to treat not only illness itself, but to also reflect, and if possible act, on the structural inequalities which cause it. Liberation medicine thus stands in stark contrast to a neoliberal health ideology, according to which illness and health are the responsibility of the individual. In debates on global health, the idea of liberation medicine has been evoked to reflect on the complex interdependencies of illness and inequality. Access to medical care, in this view, is not simply a technical problem; it is a political one. For critics of the global health regime who question the continuing dominance of Western actors and institutions, liberation medicine furthermore entails a far-reaching decolonization of medicine. Medical knowledge and medical interventions should serve to liberate and heal the disadvantaged instead of contributing to oppression. Although the underlying principles of liberation medicine also apply to many aspects of medicine in the Global North, the concept has not received much attention in mainstream medical research and practice. Within European medical anthropology and public health research, for example, there is hardly any work that engages with liberation medicine – neither as an analytical concept, nor as an ethical imperative for practice. This is where our workshop seeks to intervene.
Our aim is twofold: First, we want to develop a comprehensive understanding of existing debates on liberation medicine or related concepts in different disciplines. Second, we want to assess liberation medicine’s analytical and practical potential for anthropology, social medicine, and clinical practice. Questions we are interested in include, but are not limited to, the following: What are the opportunities and where are the limits of politically engaged medicine? To what extent is it possible and desirable for doctors and other medical actors to not only look at individual bodies in treatment, but also to reflect on and question the structures that (co-)determine illness? And what contribution can liberation medicine make to current debates on decolonization, neoliberalism, and global health?
The workshop seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from the fields of anthropology, public health, medicine, psychotherapy, and related disciplines. We expect participants to submit a two-page statement outlining their motivation as well as a short summary of their planned contribution. Contributions should take up the questions and topics outlined above, but they could take various different forms. We are interested, for instance, in case studies from clinical practice, literature reviews, ethnography-based presentations whichuse liberation medicine as an analytical lens, or theoretical reflections on liberation medicine and related concepts. Together, the motivation letter and abstract should outline how liberation medicine is conceptually, methodologically and/or practically relevant to your work or how it could be made relevant to medical research and practice in future.
There are 15 places available; participation is free of charge. The workshop will be held in English. Travel expenses
can be reimbursed. Please send your applications to: vorhoelter[at]eth.mpg.de and Amand-Gabriel.Fuehrer[at]uk-halle.de
• Letter of motivation and short abstract (2 pages)
• Curriculum vitae in tabular form
• Nancy Scheper-Hughes, University of California Berkeley
• Philippe Bourgois, University of California Los Angeles
• Seth Holmes, University of California Berkeley
PRELIMINARY OUTLINE OF THE PROGRAM:
Tuesday, 27 February 2024
opening with public keynote by Nancy Scheper-Hughes
•Informal get-together for workshop participants
Wednesday, 28 February 2024
• Predecessors and related concepts (liberation theology,
liberation psychology, …)
• Historical development of the idea of liberation medicine in theory and practice
• Reception and deployment of liberation medicine in different disciplines and fields of
practice (e.g. medical anthropology, social medicine, public health, clinical subjects, etc.)
• Public keynote by Philippe Bourgois
Thursday, 29 February 2024
• Future potential of liberation medicine (as concept, as ethics etc.) in different disciplines
• Wrap-up and final keynote by Seth Holmes
Writing Workshop „Healthy Life, Happy Life: Immigration and Health in Post-Pandemic Times”
Cfp for a writing Workshop at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
CALL FOR PAPERS
Anthropology Summer Writing Workshop
June 4–6, 2024
„Healthy Life, Happy Life: Immigration and Health in Post-Pandemic Times”
Nearly four years have passed since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Immigrant communities have been some of the most affected populations with regards to exposure to the virus, infection, disease, death, economic dislocation, stress, racism, as well as long-term trauma. These impacts echo what medical anthropologists have spotlighted about the social production of sickness, social suffering, and other health consequences of structural violence. Yet, a significant corpus of work has also highlighted immigrants’ resilient subjectivity and resistance to structural inequalities in their everyday production and management of health through self-care, alternative healthcare provisions, and transnational social networks, among other strategies. These immigrant subjects envision, practice, and negotiate for „good” health and for a „good” life while navigating social, structural, and material constraints in the intricacies of their lived experiences amid complex and sometimes ambiguous power dynamics.
Our three-day writing workshop focuses on ongoing anthropological work at the intersection of migration, health, and happiness. We endeavor to investigate how immigrants with their own sets of identities perceive their bodies and manage their health in pursuit of a good, happy life in post-pandemic times. Towards this end, we invite submissions from anthropologists whose ethnographic studies explore post-pandemic transformations among immigrants in understanding health and happiness across local and transnational contexts. Papers exploring the following questions are especially welcome: (1) Has the pandemic impacted immigrants’ perceptions of health’s role in the pursuit of happiness and a good life? (2) How do immigrants re-envision and renegotiate both health and happiness while navigating post-pandemic uncertainty, precarity, and inequalities? (3) How do immigrants’ health practices and healthcare encounters since the pandemic affect these biopolitical subjects’ belonging and identity making? (4) What role has the pandemic and recovery played in immigrants’ sense of health and happiness in their new nation of settlement?
This Anthropology Summer Writing Workshop is supported by the European Commission Marie Curie Individual Fellowship. It will be hosted by Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy on June 4–6, 2024.
Each participant will pre-circulate their working paper and have their work discussed by fellow participants in a supportive environment. These papers will be eventually considered for a journal special issue organized around the workshop topic.
To better facilitate this writing workshop in the format of small-group discussion, we encourage applications from participants who are able to fully attend this three-day workshop in person.
Grazia Deng, European Commission Marie Curie Fellow, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice
Andrea Flores, Assistant Professor, Brown University
Deadline for abstracts submission: January 19, 2024
Announcement of acceptance: February 2, 2024
Deadline for paper submission: May 3, 2024
Workshop dates: June 4–6, 2024.
To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words as well as a short bio of no more than 100 words by January 19, 2024. Abstracts can be submitted online at
Please note that participants have to arrange their own travels and accommodation. No travel grants are available. Lunches and coffee will be provided.
For questions, please email Grazia Deng (email@example.com) or Andrea Flores (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Research-creation: critique, care and collaboration through creative practice
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Summer School
„Research-creation: critique, care and collaboration through creative practice”
VU Amsterdam Summer School
The course is aimed at supporting advanced Bachelor students and first year Master students. It will be taught in person/on campus and carries a study load of 3 ECTS.
For those unfamiliar with the term, research-creation is an approach to research that engages artistic expression, scholarly investigation, curiosity, and experimentation. In practice, this means that research topics are selected and explored through a creation process, such as the production of a film or video, performance or installation, sound-work, zine, or multimedia arts/texts.
This summer, the course will have a special focus on relationships, mental health, conflict in collaborations, and the messiness of co-creative work. We will draw on specific examples from queer, anti-colonial, migrant justice, and Palestinian liberation movements. The course will incorporate reading-based discussions, hands-on creative workshops, and examples of research-creation in practice, in an effort to engage broader discussions concerning methodology, ethics, responsibility, and (institutional) solidarities/activism within and beyond the university. To this end, this course will include presentations by scholars and practitioners from inside and outside of academia.
You can read more and register here.