Conference: Boundaries, Bodies, Borders: The Global Exchange of Human Body Parts

27 March 2017

5th May 2017, University of Leeds

10.00-16.30, Social Sciences Building, room 12.21-12.25

Call for abstracts

The global movement of donated human body parts (e.g., blood, embryos, organs, sperm, oocytes) have gained increasing academic attention. A large part of these accounts express concerns regarding unequal power relationships between countries and between the parties engaged in medically related relationships (recipients, medical staff and medical facilities, providers of organs, tissues or cells etc.).

We wish to invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to explore the processes of meaning making in relation to body parts exchanges, and think about the following questions:

•      how do understandings of various technical procedures, bodies and body parts, and relationships (such as exchange relationships) emerge?

•      who does participate in framing them?

•      how do these understandings direct the flows of body parts across borders?

We welcome contributions that analyse how different actors delineate the boundaries between science, ethics, law and other types of authority as part of their valuation performance, and how they manage uncertainty and risk in the process.

Abstract submission

Please send abstracts (150-250 words) to A Gruian, ssag [at], by 3rd April 2017


The event will be chaired by Dr Ana Manzano (University of Leeds). Speakers:

• Prof Ruth Holliday (University of Leeds).Medical Mobilities: Economies and Ethics

• Dr Sean Columb (Liverpool Law School). Organ markets & exploitation: Assessing the impact of crime and immigration controls in the Egyptian-Sudanese context

• Dr Mark Monaghan (Loughborough University). Conceptualising Crime, Evidence, and Immorality

• Dr Greg Moorlock (University of Warwick). Beauty Contests & Directed Altruistic Donation

• Alexandra Gruian (University of Leeds). Ova Flows in Romania: Definitions, Legitimacy, Legality

Registration fees

• BSA members: £10                 Non-members: £25

• We offer 5 bursaries for postgraduate students. Fee includes lunch and refreshments

• Register here.


Lecture: Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate

30 September 2011
“The second Anscombe Memorial Lecture will take place in the Garden Quad Auditorium of St John’s College, at 5pm on Friday October 21, 2011.
Professor Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, will speak on: ‘Science, Philosophy and Religion in the Embryo Debate’.  For those unfamiliar with Oxford, the address is: St John’s College, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JP.
Following the lecture (at approximately 6pm) there will be a reception at Blackfriars Hall, which is co-sponsoring this event. Blackfriars is just opposite St John’s College (Blackfriars, St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LY). The reception will last until approximately 7pm.
Please let our administrator, Gwen McCourt, know if you would like to attend, by emailing g.mccourt [at] or telephoning the Centre on 01865-610212. Early booking is recommended, as we expect demand to be high.”

Conference: the robust and responsive embryo

30 August 2011

“You are invited to attend the Progress Educational Trust annual conferenceTHE BEST POSSIBLE START IN LIFE: THE ROBUST AND RESPONSIVE EMBRYO‘, taking place at London’s Institute of Child Health from 9.30am to 5pm on Wednesday 23 November 2011

Until the 1978 birth of Louise Brown, the first person to be born following IVF, there was considerable scepticism not only about whether fertilisation could occur in vitro, but also about whether an embryo could successfully be cultured in the laboratory before being transferred to the mother’s uterus. That the embryo can survive in a synthetic culture system testifies to a remarkable robustness. But paradoxically, while embryos are robust they are also responsive. Advances in fields including embryology, genetics and now epigenetics continue to reveal myriad ways in which the circumstances of the embryo’s early development influence not only the likelihood of successful pregnancy and birth, but also the development and health of the resulting child.

This conference will explore, for the benefit of the lay public and professionals alike, contrasting views of how best to assure the success of assisted conception and the health of the embryo, in the context of the latter’s robustness and responsiveness. In the Progress Educational Trust tradition, following introductory presentations, the bulk of each session’s running time will be devoted to discussion with input from the audience.

Speakers and chairs include DR VIRGINIA BOLTON (Consultant Embryologist at at Guy’s Hospital), PROFESSOR DANIEL BRISON (Scientific Director of Reproductive Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital), JANE DENTON (Director of the Multiple Births Foundation), DR SIMON FISHEL (Managing Director of CARE Fertility), PROFESSOR ALAN HANDYSIDE (Consultant in Preimplantation Genetics and Screening at the London Bridge Fertility, Gynaecology and Genetics Centre), MARILYN MONK (Emeritus Professor of Molecular Embryology at the Institute of Child Health), LUCIANO NARDO (Director of GyneHealth, Northwest Fertility and Conceive International), HELEN PICTON (Professor of Reproduction and Early Development at the University of Leeds), GUDRUN MOORE (Professor of Clinical and Molecular Genetics at the Institute of Child Health), ANTHONY RUTHERFORD (Chair of the British Fertility Society), PROFESSOR ANDRÉ VAN STEIRTEGHEM (Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Reproduction), ZOE WILLIAMS (columnist at the Guardian newspaper), and DR MAUREEN WOOD (Research Embryologist at the University of Aberdeen).”

Conference: Human embryo research – law, policy and practice

11 April 2011

8 September 2011, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

An international conference hosted by the Anscombe Bioethics Centre
With speakers from the UK, Europe and the United States:

William Binchy, Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity College, Dublin Law School, Ireland.
Michael Hauskeller, Associate Professor of Sociology and Philosophy, University of Exeter, UK.
Christian Hillgruber, Professor in Public Law, University of Bonn, Germany.
David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford, UK.
Laura Palazzani, Professor of Philosophy of Law, Lumsa University of Rome, Italy.
Orlando Carter Snead, Associate Professor of Law, Notre Dame University, USA.

Full Conference Fee: £110
‘Early Bird’ rate: £85 for bookings before 30 June
Reduced rate: £55 for concessions/members of the Centre.
Includes lunch in the College Hall. All welcome.
For further information and to register go here.