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27 – 30 August, 2014

"Bioethics and Biopolitics"
This conference will organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare (ESPMH) and the Department of Behavioural Sciences, University of Debrecen, Hungary.

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Call for abstracts closed

Historical & empirical aspects of biopolitics

  • Population policies
  • Eugenics
  • Public health
  • Medicalization
  • Reoproductive control as a form of biopolitics

Role of bioethics in biopolitics

  • Intergovernmental organizations in bioethics (UNESCO, WHO, Councel of Europe etc)
  • Human rights law & bioethics; Bioethics in the policy-making process
  • Advisory bodies & commissions 
  • Ethics committees
  • Deliberative processes & bioethics

Biopolitical issues & Bioethical perspectives

  • End-of-life decisions 
  • Reproductive medicine
  • Research with human beings
  • Organ transplantation
  • Patients’ rights; Justice in healthcare
  • Conflicts of interests
  • Human enhancement

Theories & concepts

  • Biosociality
  • Biocitizens
  • Biopiracy
  • Frankfurt School & biopolitics
  • Biopower & globalization
  • Foucauldian heritage
The programme of the conference will include plenary sessions as well as parallel sessions. Anyone wishing to present a paper at the conference
should submit an abstract (500 words maximum) before March 1, 2014. The Conference Programme Committee will select abstracts for oral presentation. 
The deadline for registrations is June 30th, 2014.
Abstracts and registrations could be sent by email to Professor Bert Gordijn, Secretary of the ESPMH, Institute of Ethics, Dublin City University, Ireland (address: bert.gordijn at




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