Towards a New Biopolitics of Dying: Seminar by Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, 25 Feb 2014

You are cordially invited to join us as a seminar on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 (Strand Campus, rooml 6.13 James Clark Maxwell Building; 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm, followed by drinks and snacks), given by Christoph Rehmann-Sutter, and titled “Towards a New Biopolitics of Dying: Empirical, social and ethical perspectives.”

Many factors that influence the way people die, and many aspects that determine the quality of dying, are social. The medical model treats dying as a loss of function of the human organism that can be postponed to some degree (within ethical limits) by medical treatments. If this is impossible or undesirable, then the patient needs palliative care. […] This seminar will work towards a new biopolitics of dying that questions the role of bioethics as a guarantee of abstract neutrality. How can a bioethical discourse with a stronger participation of those concerned develop? How can the ethical perspective of patients be included?

The seminar brings these questions together with empirical aspects from the current literature and also from an ongoing Swiss study about terminally ill patients’ wishes to die. Questions of assisted suicide in Switzerland and “death tourism” will be treated.

Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

Professor Christoph Rehmann-Sutter

Christoph Rehmann-Sutter is Professor of Theory and Ethics in the Biosciences at the Institute for History of Medicine and Science Studies, University of Lübeck (Germany), and Visiting Professor at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College London.

 Christoph Rehmann-Sutter was born in Switzerland in 1959. He received his first (full) training in molecular biology (specializing in biophysical chemistry, nuclear magnetic resonance). He then studied philosophy and sociology in Basel, Freiburg and Darmstadt, specializing in bioethics. 1997-1998 he was Research Fellow at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California Berkeley. In 1996 he started a Unit of Ethics in the Biosciences at the University of Basel/Switzerland, where he carried out philosophical bioethics research as well as projects that combined normative bioethics with qualitative empirical methodology. From 2001-2009 he chaired the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics. He is president-elect of the European Society of Philosophy, Medicine and Healthcare ESPMH and currently teaches at the University of Lübeck in the North of Germany. 

25 February 2014

Strand Campus, venue TBA; 1.00 pm – 5.00 pm, followed by drinks and snacks

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