Symposium in memory of Professor Juha Sihvola "Health, Mortality and Inequality"; June 17-18, Helsinki


Symposium in memory of Professor Juha Sihvola


An international symposium organized by the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, in collaboration with the Academy of Finland, the Philosophical Society of Finland, and the Argumenta Project, “Human Mortality”, funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation


Time: June 17-18, 2013

Venue: Tieteiden talo (House of Sciences and Letters), Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki


Free admission. Welcome!




Monday 17 June 2013


12:45-13:15 Registration


13:15 Welcome, Professor Sami Pihlström, Director of HCAS


13:30 Keynote lecture


· Professor Martha Nussbaum (University of Chicago): The Fear of Death:  Incomplete Arguments and Questionable Consolations


15:00 Coffee


15:30-17:00 Session 1


·  Alejandro Lorite Escorihuela (HCAS): Trading in Mercy: On the Global Law and Politics of Animal Sacrifice

·   Jonathan Wolff (University College London): Social Policy and the Social Gradient in Health

·   Sami Pihlström (HCAS): Does Death Make Us Equal?


17:30 Reception at Tieteiden talo (House of Sciences and Letters)


Tuesday 18 June 2013


10:00 Session 2


·  Mikko Salmela (HCAS): Emotional Encounter with the Dying

·   Pekka Sulkunen (HCAS): Who is well? A Critique of the Medicalisation Thesis

·    Erika Kiss (Princeton University): The Problem of Sustainability as the Crisis of Liberal Education in the Global Digital Economy


11:30 lunch break


13:00 Session 3


·  Jan-Werner Müller (Princeton University): Fear of Death and Fear of Cruelty: Judith Shklar's Liberalism Revisited

· Michael Puett (Harvard University): tba

· Ville Päivänsalo (University of Helsinki): Pluralist Collaboration for Health and Dignity


14:30 coffee


15:00 Session 4


· Nils Weidtmann (Tübingen University): Mortality and responsibility - some intercultural remarks

· Sara Heinämaa (HCAS):  Phenomenological Insights into Death and  Dying: Time, Selfhood and Gender

·  Terhi Utriainen (University of Helsinki): Death, Dying and Vulnerability in the Culture of Re-enchantment?


16:30 Closing of the symposium


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