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The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s 25th Annual Conference: Bioethics & Being Human
Join us for our 25th annual summer conference, as we explore anew our individual and common humanity in light of the ever-evolving developments in medicine, science, and technology. Plenary speakers will address being and remaining human in an age of science and technology, genetics, neuroscience & the BRAIN Initiative; bioethics in literature and pop culture; human rights & dignity; and theological examinations of contentment, human flourishing, particularity, and embodiment as they relate to bioethics.
Engage more personally in workshops and parallel sessions on a wide spectrum of perennial and emerging issues in contemporary bioethics relevant to professional practice, public policy, scholarship, the classroom, and making moral decisions in everyday life.
Plenary speakers include Christina Bieber Lake, PhD; Dennis Hollinger, PhD; C. Christopher Hook, MD; Warren Kinghorn, MD, ThD; Paul Scherz, PhD, PhD; Read Mercer Schuchardt, PhD; Michael Sleasman, PhD; Pia de Solenni, SThD; Morse Tan, JD; and Stephen Williams, PhD.
Conference workshops are sponsored by leading organizations such as Alliance Defending Freedom, American Association of Prolife OB|GYNS, Americans United for Life, Charlotte Lozier Institute, and Joni & Friends. These workshops include sessions on rights of conscience, disability, pain management & addiction, among others.
Conference rates are reduced in honor of CBHD’s 25th anniversary. Continuing Medical Education credit is pending and expected to be available.
The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity is a Christian bioethics research center at Trinity International University committed to anticipating, interpreting, and engaging the pressing bioethical issues of our day from a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic perspective.
This conference will be organised by the European Society for Philosophy of Medicine and Healthcare and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Lisbon. The relationships between medicine, arts and the humanities are multifaceted owing to the intricate ways in which they reflect and are conditioned by basic traits of the human condition. Art, humanities and medicine have pivotal roles in shaping our cultural and individual self-understanding. Medicine, whilst being regarded as a dominantly scientific endeavour, is also referred to as the art of healing. At least some medical illustrations and 3D models can arguably be seen as art. In addition, cosmetic dentistry and surgery are informed by aesthetic criteria. Vice versa, art can be seen as a form of therapy. The humanities, finally, play an increasingly important role in both medical education and clinical practice. In a time of kaleidoscopic change in medical research, clinical practice and healthcare systems, the focus of this conference is on medicine and its relations with the arts and the humanities. Abstracts addressing any of the issues mentioned in the headings below from a philosophical and/or ethical perspective will be favoured, although work on other topics can also be submitted.
- Childhood & adolescence
- Love, sex & reproduction
- Mortality and death
Arts and medicine
- Literature and medicine
- Music, dance, theatre, visual arts and literature and their role in supporting health and wellbeing
- Popular culture
- Narrative medicine
- Life cycle and human condition: Between biology and biography
- Health narratives and the fabrication of truth
- Shaping identity and reconfiguration of medicine
- Art, science-fiction, scientific imagination
Humanities and medicine
- Medical and health humanities
- Film and theatre studies
- Religious/theological studies
- Medical anthropology
Hope between uncertainty and complexity
- Progress and sustainability
- Artificial intelligence in medicine /health care
- Robotics (care, social and/or sex robots)
- Cybersex, cyborgs, cryonics and solitude
- Transhumanism and science fiction
- Intellectual property and conflict management
- Creativity, censorship, viability and sponsorship
- Decoding, artification of medical objects
- Access to, dispersion and disposal of medical collections
- Indigenous peoples and vulnerable populations