Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine

Call for proposals:

Feminist Phenomenology and Medicine
May 18-21, 2011
Uppsala, Sweden

Phenomenology and much feminist theory and philosophy investigate lived experiences and affirm the role of embodiment for human meaning-making. Furthermore, both unveil and scrutinize taken-for-granted and in this sense ‘hidden’ assumptions, beliefs and norms that we live by, that we strengthen by repeated actions and that we also resist, challenge and question.  Whereas there is a growing area of feminist phenomenology dealing with concrete issues of embodiment and situatedness surprisingly little work focuses on topics/phenomena related to medicine and health. Whereas phenomenologists have made valuable contributions to the analysis of the nature of medicine, the meaning of illness and health as well as clinical practice, there have been comparably few analyses of such issues that combine insights from feminist theory and philosophy with phenomenology.
This conference is based on the conviction that facticities of human life, such as birth, illness, sex and death benefit from being examined in the light of feminist theory and phenomenology. More and more often, these facticities are managed in medicine, through medical treatment and medical technology.  We want to approach both the facticities of human existence and the different ways in which these are being medicalized through the perspectives of feminist phenomenology. By doing this we want to bring to light the role of bodies in different human experiences and in subjective and intersubjective meaning-making. We want to examine taken-for-granted assumptions about bodies that inform and structure medical practices and lived experiences in medicine as well as in everyday life. We further want to raise questions of how the relation between phenomenology and feminism can be understood in a fruitful and mutually enriching way and how phenomenon such as birth, illness, sex and ageing can and does inform feminist phenomenology as a theoretical framework.
We welcome contributions from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives dealing with the overarching topic of feminist phenomenology and medicine. Topics can include (but are not limited to) phenomenological analyses and/or approaches to:

- ethics
- suffering and pain
- disability
- birth and death
- embodiment of subjectivity
- sexualities and sexual identities
- medical practices
- medical diagnosis
- bodily movement
- health

300-word proposals are due December 15, 2010.

Direct any questions you might have to Kristin Zeiler (kristin.zeiler(at)liu.se) and Lisa Folkmarson Käll (lisa.kall(at)gender.uu.se).

Register here!

Submit Abstract here!

Most welcome!

The conference is a co-arrangement between the Body/Embodiment group within the framework of the GenNA-program at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and the research network Humanities Forum: Gender and Health, based at the Division of Health and Society, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden.
Between Bodies

– emotion • sense • affect –

The second Uppsala University Body/Embodiment Symposium

November 18-19, 2010

Emotion and affect lie at the very heart of our understandings of the world: subjectivity is embedded and embodied and bodies, in their very being, are transgressive and transgressed as the ‘self’ and ‘the world’ bleed into one another through the various porosities of the senses. Such sensory immediacy highlights both the temporal primacy of our senses in understandings of the world but also the way in which particular senses demand attention at particular times in particular contexts. Thus not only are the senses, emotions, and affect, primary to our perception of the world, but they also operate within personal, cultural and political orderings dependent on the positioning of the individual, collective, species. Thus, affecto-emotional registers foster attachment to place, are dependent on space, cultures, technologies; they delineate, reinforce, undermine and are dependent on the material and cultural boundaries which we hold as significant. They are overarched by the multiplicity of approaches, theories and conceptual frameworks that decide which sense(s), emotion(s), affects are significant and how they should be (re)presented. Further, the endemic anthropocentricism of these frameworks has shaped which sensory immediacies are prioritised along the strata of animality, with concepts of sense, subjectivity and emotion simultaneously deployed to police the various divides between human and animal, and also to create the contact zones where human-animal encounters become most apparent.

The symposium takes its point of departure from the role of the body as a centre for emotions, sensations and affectivity. It enquires into the relation between inner emotions and their expression in outer forms of behavior. It questions the role of emotion and affectivity as foundational for intellectual life, for thinking, rationality and communication. It highlights the vast milieu of meetings between human and animal, nature and technology, self and other and places focus on bodily boundaries, points of meeting/melting/tension, kinship and skinship between bodies; making manifest the interrelationality of drawing boundaries and constituting singularities, differences and commonalities. Confirmed Key note speakers are Eva Hayward (University of New Mexico) and Myra Hird (Queens University).

We welcome papers from both within and beyond academia on a wide range of topics within the scope of the overarching theme of the symposium. Please send one page proposals by August 31, 2010 to body(at)gender.uu.se. For questions or further information, please contact the conference organizers Jacob Bull (jacob.bull(at)gender.uu.se) and Lisa Folkmarson Käll (lisa.kall(at)gender.uu.se).
09.09.2010 - 10.09.2010
”Virtuous Agency: On the Development and Practice of the Virtues”
Uppsala 9-10.9.2010

Workshopen ordnas inom ramen för det av RJ finansierade forskningsprojektet
Understanding Agency.

Alla intresserade är varmt välkomna! (Vi kan tyvärr inte erbjuda ersättning för eventuella rese- eller boendekostnader, men alla är välkomna till Receptionen vid Filosofiska institutionen i Uppsala på torsdagskvällen där det kommer att serveras gratis buffé och dryck.

Vänligen meddela Frans Svensson (frans.svenssona(a)filosofi.uu.se), om ni vill delta vid Receptionen.)

Schemat ser preliminärt ut på följande sätt:

* *

Torsdagen 9/9 (Sal I, Universitetshuset)

9.00-9.15: Inledning

9.15-10.45 Daniel Farnham (College of St. Benedict/St. Johns University): TBA


11.00-12.30 Hallvard Fossheim (Oslo Universitet): “Strategies, Self-Help, and Virtue Ethics”


14.00-15.30 Daniel C Russell (Wichita State University/University of Arizona): “The Unity of the Virtues: How and Why I Believe It”


15.45-17.15 Gösta Grönroos (Stockholms Universitet): ”Vice and Mental Conflict in Aristotle”

17.45 Reception vid Filosofiska institutionen (Thunbergsvägen 3H, Engelska Parken)

Fredagen 10/9 (Sal VIII, Universitetshuset)

9.00-10.30 Johan Brännmark (Lunds Universitet): “Grades of Rightness: A Virtue-Ethical Account”


10.45-12.15 Uri Leibowitz (Nottingham University): TBA


13.45-15.15 Joel Martinez (College of Lewis & Clarke): “Aristotle and Practical Wisdom”


15.30-17.00 Anne Baril (University of Notre Dame): TBA


17.15-18.45 Frans Svensson (Uppsala Universitet): ”Descartes on Happiness, Wellbeing and Their Relation to Virtue”
Narratives of Health and Illness

September 16-17, 2010

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health in collaboration with The Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden

The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health invites submissions for the symposium Narratives of Health and Illness that will take place at Uppsala University, Sweden on September 16-17, 2010. We welcome submissions for papers, panels, poster-presentations, workshops and different forms of art-work approaching issues within the overarching theme from a broad range of disciplines and fields of research.

Topics can include, but are not limited to:

·        Narratives of Health vs. Narratives of Illness

·        Relations between Narrators and Narratives

·        Narrating Bodies

·        Narrative Coherence and Narrative Disruption

·        Narrative Medicine

·        Scientific Narratives

·        Narratives of Power/Powers of Narrative

·        Narratives of Sex and Gender

·        Narratives and Intersections of Identity

·        Autobiography, Subjectivity and Self-Representation

·        Narrative, Memory and History

·        Expression of Narrative and Narrative Expressivity

·        Narrative Forms and Media

One page abstracts are due July 1, 2010. Please submit your abstracts to
body(at)gender.uu.se and state clearly the form of your proposed contribution.

For further information, please contact Lisa Folkmarson Käll, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University (lisa.kall(at)gender.uu.se).


The Nordic Network Gender, Body, Health is based at the Centre for Gender Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. With the aim of achieving productive interdisciplinary work on issues concerning gender, body, and health, the network gathers researchers and practitioners from a number of diverse fields such as medicine, comparative literature, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology, anthropology, human geography, sports- and health sciences, psychiatry, social psychology, and history of science. More information about the network: www.genna.gender.uu.se/genderbodyhealth
Nordic Workshop in Early Modern Philosophy
June 5-6, 2010
Uppsala University
Seminar room, Eng 2-1022
Uppsala, Sweden

Saturday 5 June: Metaphysics and Modality

  9:00  Introduction
  9:15-10:15  Valtteri Viljanen (Turku): "Spinoza on Eternity and Temporality"
  10:45-11:45  Mogens Laerke (Aberdeen): "Leibniz on Substance and Modes in Spinoza"
  11:45-12:45  Omri Boehm (Munich): "The Principle of Sufficient Reason, the Ontological Argument and the Is-Ought Distinction: Kant against Spinozists"
  2:15-3:15  Henry Alexander Henrysson (Reykjavík): "A World is not Enough: Christian Wolff on Modals"
  3:15-4:15  Toni Kannisto (Oslo): "Kant and the Possibility of Possibility"
  4:45-5:45  Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): "A Third Type of Distinction in Hume"

Sunday 6 June: Mind and Agency
  9:00-10:00  Roomet Jakapi (Tartu): "Locke on Substance and Immortality"
  10:30-11:30  Marcel Quarfood (Uppsala): "Kant's Antinomy of Teleological Judgement"
  11:30-12:30  Vili Lähteenmäki (Jyväskylä): "Obviousness of Consciousness: Some Early Modern Views"
  2:00-3:00  Ville Paukkonen (Helsinki): "Berkeley on the Activity of the Mind"
  3:00-4:00  Markku Roinila (Helsinki): "Locke and Leibniz on the Balance of Reasons"
  4:30-5:30  Peter Myrdal (Uppsala): "Leibniz on Final Causality"

Contact: Erik Åkerlund (erik.akerlund(at)filosofi.uu.se)

The Third Nordic Pragmatism Conference
"Action and Interaction"
Uppsala, Sweden, 1-2 June 2010

The Nordic Pragmatism Network organizes its third conference in Uppsala, Sweden, 1-2 June 2010. The theme of the conference is the pragmatist understanding of action and interaction, as well as its implications in contemporary philosophical reflection on various fields, such as science, religion, ethics, education and anthropology.

The organizing committee invites paper proposals to the conference programme. The deadline for abstracts is 1 April 2010. For more information and a detailed call for papers, please see the conference webpage at: http://www.nordprag.org/npc3.html.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to contacts and mailing lists.

Henrik Rydenfelt
Nordic Pragmatism Network
Is Medical Ethics Really in the Best Interest of the Patient?


Medical Ethics Conference
14-16 June 2010, Uppsala, Sweden
Abstract submission deadline: February 15

Medical ethics is practised by doctors and nurses on an everyday basis. It is also a rapidly expanding academic discipline and ethical review boards for medical research play a key role in the life sciences. The primary concern is, or at least should be, the best interest of current and future patients. But is this really so?

This multi-disciplinary international conference will raise questions about some of the key ethical issues of concern regarding medical research. The possibility to increase knowledge about diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease is the primary motive of medical research. Ethics is there in order to protect patients and promote their interests. But is medical ethics instrumental to this end?

The conference discusses three themes:

1. Should ideology be allowed to trump patient well-being?
2. What is the role of informed consent in medical research?
3. Ethical review boards: are they important ethical safeguards or     over-burdensome and unnecessary bureaucracy?

Call for abstracts

This conference is divided into three themes, one for each day of the conference. Each theme has three keynote presentations that will be followed by oral presentations in parallel sessions.

* Monday June 14
Should ideology be allowed to trump patient well-being?
* Tuesday June 15
What is the role of informed consent in medical research?
* Wednesday June 16
Ethical review boards: are they important ethical safeguards or over-burdensome and unnecessary bureaucracy?

We wanted to be a little provocative but, as the examples of questions indicate, we expect input both regarding "medical ethics as unduly bureaucratic" and "researchers as lazy when they complain about this alleged bureaucracy". We think that both ideology and prudence may in practice play a role both in clinical decision-making and in medical research ethics, but think that medical ethics, and the patients, would benefit from a clearer understanding of their relationship and their proper roles. We welcome presentations on medical research ethics as well as clinical ethics and encourage both empirical and theoretical contributions including discussions about different philosophical approaches to these issues. The abstracts will be peer reviewed and a notification of acceptance is due in March 2010.

On this basis we invite scholars of all disciplines and medical practitioners to submit abstracts.

The Scientific Committee welcomes the submission of abstracts for oral presentation for the conference. Abstracts should be submitted according to the guidelines below [for instructions, see their web page http://www.crb.uu.se/symposia/2010/call.html].

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Final programme and on the conference website. Presenting authors must register and pay the registration fee when submitting an abstract. If the abstract is not accepted, the registration fee is refundable.

Submission deadline is 15 February 2010.

We welcome your contribution!
Mats G. Hansson and Ruth Chadwick
Call for papers

2nd Uppsala Forum Workshop on Climate Change Policy after Copenhagen: Politics, Policy and Ethics.

March 22, 2010

The workshop will be attended by Uppsala Forum visiting research fellows John Broome (White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford), and Edward Page (Associate Professor in Political Theory, Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick). Workshop conveners are Professor Folke Tersman (Department of Philosophy) and Dr Jörgen Ödalen (Department of Government).

Global climate change poses significant risks for human health, wealth and security. Although some regions will escape serious climate impacts, the net impact will almost certainly be adverse, with members of future generations and developing countries being worst affected. At the same time, a consensus has emerged in favour of a co-ordinated, international, response to implement effective policies of climatic mitigation and adaptation. Over hundred countries are now committed to the proposition that avoiding dangerous climate change requires the stabilisation, and later reduction, of greenhouse gases so that global temperature does not rise more than 2°C over its pre-industrial level.

This interdisciplinary workshop is organized around three broad themes which capture a number of issues critical to the emergence of a comprehensive, and stringent, climate regime: Politics, Policy and Ethics. We welcome submissions relating to these themes. Possible topics include; processes and outcomes of COP15; the North–South dialogue and central role of EU—US relations; the selection of instruments and mechanisms to meet the objective of avoiding dangerous climate change; the environmental effectiveness, cost efficiency, and political feasibility of alternative policy instruments; our responsibilities to the interests of future generations; the discounting of future lives; the procedural and distributive aspects of global climate policy, as well as questions of how the burdens of climate change mitigation and adaptation can be distributed in a fair and equitable manner.

If you are interested in giving a paper, please send an abstract of at most 200 words to jorgen.odalen(at)statsvet.uu.se before January 29, 2010. Papers will be selected on the basis of these abstracts, and notices of acceptance will be sent out by February 5, 2010.

Uppsala Forum för Fred, Demokrati & Rättvisa
Uppsala Forum on Peace, Democracy & Justice
Iris Murdoch Symposium

May 29, 2009
Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University
English Park Campus, Room, Eng 2/1077

09:45 – 10:45 Niklas Forsberg (Uppsala)
Knowing and Not Knowing What a Human Being Is
(Chair: Kim Solin)

11:00 – 12:00 Elin Svenneby (Oslo)
Kierkegaard was Parked Outside:The Intricacy of Existence and Moral Thinking in Iris Murdoch's Novel An Accidental Man (1971).
(Chair: Kim Solin)

12.00 – 13.45 LUNCH

13:45 – 14:45 Nora Hämäläinen (Helsinki)
What is a Wittgensteinian Neo-Platonist?
(Chair: Ingeborg Löfgren)

15:00 – 16:00 Anna Victoria Hallberg (Örebro)
Generality and Particularity: Philosophical Pictures and Unclassifiable Images
(Chair: Ingeborg Löfgren)

16:00 – 16:30 KAFFE

16:30 – 17:30 Kate Larson (Uppsala)
A Passionate but Troubled Affair - Iris Murdoch's Struggle with Martin Heidegger's Philosophy
(Chair: Pär Segerdahl)

17:30 Reception at the Department of Philosophy

19:30 Dinner at "Trattoria Commedia"

(Pre-registration required)
Arranged by the Department of Philosophy with support from SALT

If you want to participate at the dinner, please contact Niklas Forsberg (niklas.forsberg (at) filosofi.uu.se) no later than Tuesday, May 19.
Action, Life and Happiness:
A Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy

Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University
May 28-30, 2009
English Park Campus
organised by the Understanding Agency programme and funded by
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

Thursday 28 May (Room, Eng 2-1077)
10.00 Opening words
10.15-11.30 Gösta Grönroos (Stockholm): 'Aristotle on Reason and Motivation'
12.00-13.15 Karen M. Nielsen (Western Ontario): 'Aristotle on Deliberation'
14.45-16.00 Erik Eliasson (Uppsala): 'Voluntary Action in the Didascalicus'
16.30-17.45 Frans Svensson (Uppsala & Arizona): 'The Primacy of the
Virtuous Reconsidered'
18.00 Reception at the Philosophy Department (Engelska parken)

Friday 29 May (Room, Eng 2-1024)
10.15-11.30 John Cooper (Princeton): 'The Stoic Way of Life'
11.30-12.45 Gretchen Reydams-Schils (Notre Dame): 'Authority and
Agency in Roman Stoicism'
14.15-15.30 Tony Long (Berkeley): 'Plotinus, Ennead 1.4, as Critical
Commentary on the Eudaimonist Tradition'
16.00-17.15 Pauliina Remes (Uppsala): 'Inverting the Order of
Priority: Plotinus and Simplicius on Action'

Saturday 30 May (Room, Eng 2-1024)
10.15-11.30 John Cooper (Princeton): 'Aristotle and Philosophy as a Way of Life'


For more information, please contact
erik.eliasson (at) filosofi.uu.se
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