Job: Lecturer in Bioethics

4 August 2016

The Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics seeks to fill a continuing position as Lecturer to be taken up (preferably) by January 2017.

The successful candidate will contribute to the undergraduate and
postgraduate teaching programs of the Centre for Human Bioethics,
coordinate one of the centre’s teaching programs, carry out original and
innovative research, and apply for competitive external research grant
funding.  She or he will be an early career scholar with a track record,
relative to opportunity, demonstrating outstanding research and teaching
potential, with experience teaching applied ethics to undergraduate and/or
postgraduate students. This open field search welcomes applications from
candidates in all areas of specialisation in philosophical bioethics.

Applications are due 22 August 2016.

For more information and application instructions, see:

BBC4 Radio: Permanent Vegetative State: Withdrawing Nutrition and Hydration

4 August 2016

Series 12 of ‘Inside the Ethics Committee’ begins today, August 4th 2016.

A young man, Ben, is critically injured in a road traffic accident and is left in a coma. The family are desperate to save him but, despite the efforts of his medical team, he doesn’t recover. He emerges from a coma into a vegetative state. He fluctuates between periods of sleep and wakefulness but is completely unaware of his surroundings. After a year, the vegetative state he is in is deemed to be permanent. Unable to articulate his wishes himself, Ben’s family consider what is in his best interests. They believe he would find his day-to-day existence intolerable. He can breathe for himself so the only treatment keeping him alive is the nutrition and hydration that he receives through a feeding tube into his stomach. With no prospect of recovery, is it ethical to withdraw the nutrition and hydration that is keeping him alive?

For further details or to listen on iPlayer go here.

Seminar series: Towards a European understanding of advance decision-making: a comparative, interdisciplinary approach

4 August 2016

1st & 2nd September 2016, University of Leeds

This research seminar series considers a range of European legislative responses to anticipatory decision-making, seeking to explore those responses within the practical contexts within which advance decision-making occurs. It links legal discourse with policy and practice discourses, and considers how a shared understanding of the purpose and potential for anticipatory decision-making may facilitate the drafting of advance decisions that both reflect the author’s intentions and are likely to be capable of implementation by healthcare professionals at a later date. It is generously funded by the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).


The fourth seminar in the series will take place on 1st September 2016, focussing upon how advance decisions capable of implementation can be created and their role within the advance care planning context.

The following papers will be presented:

Dr. Kristian Pollock, University of Nottingham, “The implementation of Advance Care Planning in Community Health Care Settings.”

Prof. Sue Wilkinson & Celia Kitzinger, University of York, “Advance Decisions Assistance (ADA): Lessons from our first year.”

Rachel Hutchings, Compassion in Dying, “Preparing an Advance Decision – Learning from Compassion in Dying.”

Steve Bell, Motor Neurone Disease Association, “Advance decision-making, the MND context.”

This seminar is free, but there is a charge of £18 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments payable on the day. The seminar will take place at Shibden Mill, Halifax. HX3 7UL.  Registration is required. To register for seminar four please click here.


The fifth seminar in the series will take place on 2nd September 2016, focussing upon how advance decisions capable of implementation can be created and their role within the advance care planning context.

The following papers will be presented:

Dr Marike E. de Boer, VU University, Netherlands: “Advance directives in dementia care – from the perspective of people with dementia”

Dr Arnd May, Zentrum für Angewandte Ethik, Germany: “Ethical perspectives on Advance Directives – Stability of patients wishes”

For further information please see the series website here.

This seminar is free, but there is a charge of £18 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments payable on the day. The seminar will take place at Shibden Mill, Halifax. HX3 7UL.  Registration is required, to register for seminar five please click here.

For further information please see the series website here.


Job: Biomedical Ethics Teaching Fellow

11 July 2016

The Durham University Department of Philosophy seeks to appoint a fixed-term, full-time teaching fellow, from 1st October 2016 to 30th June 2017.

Reference Number: 002222
Post: Teaching Fellow
Department: Department of Philosophy
Location: Durham City
Contract Type: Fixed Term 9 Months, Full Time
Grade: Grade 7 £31,656 – £37,768
Closing Date: 03 August 2016 (Deadline for applications is 23:30 on the day of closing) 

 The successful applicant will have a PhD in a subject relevant to the field of biomedical ethics, be able to provide high quality teaching at undergraduate level and be able to teach in the following areas: biomedical ethics and the history of medicine. The successful applicant will also contribute to the supervision of undergraduate dissertations within their field of expertise, and to the taught MA in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine. The successful applicant will also serve as Director of the MA programme in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine .

We are a pluralistic and friendly department, which accommodates work in ‘analytic’, ‘Continental’ and non-Western philosophical traditions. Current research by our staff and postgraduate students spans a notably diverse range of philosophical, historical and interdisciplinary topics. It is structured around five research groups/clusters: · Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics · Applied Phenomenology · History of Philosophy · Mind, Language and Metaphysics . Science, Medicine and Society The department is keen to appoint a candidate who will complement and enhance our research-led teaching in the Science, Medicine and Society research cluster. The successful candidates must be in a position to take up the appointment on 1st October 2016.

Key Responsibilities The successful candidate will:

* Deliver teaching and examining of undergraduates in biomedical ethics and the history of medicine.
* Supervise undergraduate dissertations.
* Deliver teaching and examining of MA modules.
* Direct the MA programme in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine.
* Be responsible for the quality assurance of the modules on which they teach.
* Lead at least two modules and contribute to the design of modules as agreed with the Head of Department.
* Co-ordinate the input of others contributing to the module(s) they lead.
* Engage in collaborative decisions that have an impact on students, and the development and delivery of programmes.
* Write teaching material as necessary.
* Be a member of the Department’s Board of Studies, its Education Committee and some of its Examination Boards.
* Perform administrative duties appropriate to the level of appointment, as agreed with the Head of Department.

Person Specification Essential: 1. A PhD in a field relevant to biomedical ethics. 2. Prior experience of teaching and examining at undergraduate level, which should include lecturing and exam-marking. 3. Ability to make a high-quality contribution to teaching and examining in biomedical ethics and the history of medicine. 4. Ability to provide high quality one-to-one supervision of undergraduate dissertations and taught postgraduate assignments. 5. Ability and willingness to perform administrative roles appropriate to the level of appointment. Desirable: 1. Teaching and examining experience at taught postgraduate level.

The Application Process
Please ensure that you have read the full job description and that you have clearly evidenced the skills, knowledge, experience, qualifications and any additional attributes as required in the person specification before submitting your application.

Applications should be submitted on-line. Please attach a full academic CV and a covering letter of no more than one page. The CV should include the name and contact details (preferably e-mail) of three referees, who have agreed to write in support of your application if approached by us. The letter should explain how you match the person specification. Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.

If you have any queries relating to your application, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr Sophie Gibb (

Seminar: Communication pathologies in do-not-resuscitate discussions at the end of life

5 July 2016

Tuesday the 12th of July, 2016, 3:30pm.

Room 3.1.1, East Wing King’s Building, King’s College London.

Communication Pathologies in Do-Not-Resuscitate Discussions at the End of Life: The Unintended Consequences of an Ideology of Patient Choice

Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Dzeng

The focus on patient autonomy in American medicine today highlights the importance of freedom and choice for patients make their own decisions. However, to truly honor patient autonomy, patients must adequately understand their situation and choices. Fifty-eight semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with internal medicine physicians at three hospitals in the US and one in the UK. I observed that two hospitals had policies that prioritized patient autonomy whereas the other two hospitals had policies that prioritized making decisions in the patient’s best interest. Particularly at hospitals where autonomy was prioritized, trainee physicians equated autonomy with giving a menu of choices. They were uncomfortable giving a recommendation based on clinical knowledge as they worried that that would infringe patient autonomy.

Bio: Liz is Assistant Professor at UCSF in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Social and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology program. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the King’s College London Cicely Saunders Institute. She completed her PhD in Medical Sociology at the University of Cambridge at King’s College as a Gates Cambridge Scholar and a General Internal Medicine Post-Doctoral Clinical Research Fellow and Palliative Care Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


Call for papers: Migration, Health & Ethics

5 July 2016

Special Issue in the journal Bioethics.

Online Publication June 2017, Print Publication 2018.

Guest Editors: Katja Kuehlmeyer, Corinna Klingler, Dennis Odukoya

 Submissions close: 24th October 2016

An increase in international migration over the last decade has contributed to the emergence of various challenges for the provision of public healthcare. At the country level for example, challenges include determining how to conduct migration-sensitive research and public health surveillance, how to manage access to healthcare in contexts of scarce resources, and the justifiability of the inclusion or exclusion of specific migrant groups. At the level of health systems within countries, questions arise regarding the appropriate distribution of responsibility for developing and implementing support structures to overcome barriers for both migrant patients and physicians. Finally, at the individual level, communication and shared decision-making between providers and patients can be complicated by language barriers and value differences. Migrant patients and physicians might additionally struggle with discrimination and limited system knowledge. These challenges have an ethical dimension because they concern the well-being and self-determination of patients and providers and pose questions of equitable access to, and fair distribution of, healthcare resources. Additionally, they warrant further reflection on medical decision-making in cases of value conflict.

Therefore, we are pleased to announce a thematic issues of Bioethics on the ethical and policy challenges in healthcare associated with international migration. Papers presenting empirical research are encouraged, but they should also include theoretical and/or normative reflections. Papers can address, but are not limited to the following questions:

  • Should data on migrant health be collected and reported, and if yes what is an ethically appropriate way to do so? What terms, classifications and categories should be used to capture and describe migration and migrant health?
  • To what extent should migrants be granted access to public healthcare services? Is it justifiable to limit access to (certain) migrant groups and if yes, for what reasons?
  • How should responsibility for overcoming access barriers or implementing support structures for migrated patients and providers be distributed?
  • What is an ethically appropriate way to address language barriers in healthcare? Can migrant patients or physicians be legitimately considered personally responsible for organizing an adequate translation service?
  • How should healthcare institutions deal with diversity in patients and personnel? How should divergent values be dealt with in complex treatment decisions (e.g. at the end of life)?

The guest editors welcome early communication of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email to:;;

Manuscripts should be submitted to Bioethics online at Please ensure that you select manuscript type ‘Special Issue’ and state that it is for the “Migration, Health & Ethics”, Special Issue when prompted. Full contact details should be uploaded in a separate electronic file. We discourage papers of more than 7500 words. For further submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines on the Bioethics website:

Conference: Animals and Death

28 June 2016

27th September, 2016, University of Leeds.

Deadline for abstracts: 5th August 2016.

Animals and Death is a one day philosophy conference organised by the APE Collective at the University of Leeds, focusing on the moral problems surrounding animals and death.

Questions that might be addressed include:

* How does death harm animals and how is this different from how it harms humans?

* Should we intervene in predator, prey relations to minimize/eliminate death?

* Do we owe posthumous treatment to animals and their corpses?

* When, if ever, is it right to ‘euthanise’ a companion animal?

* Is death worse than non-existence for animals?

We invite presentations from anybody who does not hold a doctoral degree or who has received their doctorate within 3 years of the conference date. We welcome papers of both an applied and theoretical nature from any tradition of philosophy and also interdisciplinary work that considers the moral problems relating to animals and death.

Speakers will be given a 30 minute presentation slot followed by a 15 minute Q and A session. We particularly encourage submissions from under-represented groups in philosophy.

Confirmed keynote: Alasdair Cochrane (University of Sheffield).

Thanks to the generous support from the Society of Applied Philosophy, the Analysis Trust, the Centre for Ethics and Metaethics, and the school of PHRS at the University of Leeds, all speakers will receive a £30 travel bursary and have one night’s accommodation and their conference meal covered. Lunch will also be provided for all conference attendees.

Submissions: Please send an abstract of up to 500 words to: by 5th August 2016.  Abstracts should be prepared for blind review and include no information that identifies the author or their institution. Please send abstracts in .doc or .pdf format, accompanied by a separate document including the author’s name, paper title, institutional affiliation and contact details.

For further details please see:


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