Archive | Calls for abstracts RSS for this section

8th International Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable June 20-21, 2019 University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

The next biennial Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable will be held at the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne on June 20-21, 2019 (call for abstracts below).

Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable: Call for Abstracts

We welcome papers in any area of philosophy of medicine, public health or healthcare, including epistemological and metaphysical issues in medicine (but not bioethics), from a variety of philosophical approaches. To submit an abstract, please upload a 500-word abstract to EasyChair by 1 February 2019. Abstracts will undergo blinded review and should not contain information that will allow identification of the author. The submission link is below:

Questions regarding submissions or the Roundtable should be directed to Maël Lemoine ( and Jeremy Simon (

Local Organizers: Denis Forest, Maël Lemoine.

Scientific committee: Rachel Ankeny, Alexander Bird, Kirstin Borgerson, Alex Broadbent, Havi Carel, Jonathan Fuller, Fred Gifford, Harold Kincaid, Miriam Solomon, Julian Reiss, Jeremy Simon, David Teira.

Phenomenology of Medicine and Bioethics

Call for abstracts
Conference: Phenomenology of Medicine and Bioethics
Arranged by the Centre for Studies in Practical Knowledge, Södertörn University, Stockholm,
13-15 of June, 2018.

The rapid development of medical technologies forces us to continually re-evaluate our understanding of health and human nature. Reproductive technologies, genetic diagnosis, organ transplantation, stem cells, psychopharmacological drugs, and other diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, raise existential questions that, arguably, cannot be adequately understood without reference to the rich and complex ontology of human personhood. Persons are not only bodily creatures, but also social and cultural beings. Many well-known scholars of the continental tradition, which includes phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, and post-structuralism, investigate the ways in which nature and culture are intertwined in human life. Though this tradition would appear to be an ideal spring board for rich and illuminating analyses of medical-ethical dilemmas, phenomenology and continental philosophy are rather under-represented in bioethical debates and research.

This conference intends to bring together phenomenologists working with issues in medicine that are, directly or indirectly, tied to medical ethics. Phenomenology is often put in contact with bioethics via philosophy of medicine and medical humanities, and accordingly, relevant conference themes might include: the nature and essence of medical technologies, the clinical encounter, illness, pain, disability, pregnancy, giving birth and dying. Moreover, there is room for dialogue with already established approaches in bioethics, such as caring ethics, feminist ethics, biopolitics and narrative ethics. Ultimately, what is essential from the point of view of the conference is not the label of phenomenology as such, but rather to gather philosophical and ethical analyses that adopt the phenomenological imperative to return to lived experience in a reflective manner. We welcome contributions that make use of phenomenological philosophy in this broad sense as a means to engage with contemporary ethical questions and dilemmas in contemporary medicine.

Abstracts of maximum 300 words should be sent to conference secretary: before 1 of January 2018.
Questions about the conference can also be sent to:

Keynote speakers:
Ignaas Devisch, University of Ghent
Michael Hauskeller, University of Exeter
Erik Parens, The Hastings Center, New York
Jenny Slatman, Tilburg University
Kristin Zeiler, University of Linköping