21-22 SEPTEMBER 2006


This two-day conference explores issues around the ethical and political consequences of changing technologies of life and death; the privatisation of heath care, the body and its parts; the global inequalities of health; the ethical responsiblities of professionals; the role of the pharmaceuticals; changing conceptions and ideologies of the body.

Keynote speakers:

Donna Dickenson

Conor Gearty

John Harris

Alyson Pollock

Helen Smith

Rosemary Stamp

Papers already accepted are listed below.Cost: £120 full fee; £60 one-day feeConcessions: £40 and £20 respectively

For an application form and/or inquiries contact Mel Searle: IBRAHIM, Brighton University Politics, epidemics and globalisation. CHRISTOPHER CHATTERTON, Cardiff UniversityMetabolic Syndrome: A real condition or just another ‘Big Pharma’ creation?

DEBORAH ANNETTS, CEO The Voluntary Euthanasia Society Why medically assisted death should be legalised.

PETER WILKIN, Brunel University The political economy of the body – lower back pain: issues in public policy.

CARMEN FRACCHIA, Birbeck College, London The Hardest Graft of All: The Miracle of the Black Leg in Early Modern Spain.

ESTELLE COHEN, University of London The Body as a Historical Category: Redefining reproduction in medicine, law and social policy in Late 19th century Britain.

ROSEMARIE HUTCHINSON, University of Brighton My body belongs to me, no one else can own it so it must be mine.

MEGAN STERN, London Metropolitan University Medicine and the Undead Body

MARK GOSBEE, Former Research Associate at The Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine Manufacturing ‘Miracles’ and the body politic: royal healing by touch and its transformations from Charles II to the Queen of Hearts.

REBECCA PRENTICE, University of Sussex Health, Injury, and the Politics of Labour in the Global Garment Industry: A Carribbean Case Study

MIKE DRYMOUSSIS, University of Sussex Commercialisation and Internationalisation of the British healthcare system

KRISTIAN POLLOCK and ALISON EDGLEY, Nottingham University Whose Death? Whose Choice? Critical perspectives on contemporary notions of a ‘good death’

SCOTT VRECKO, London School of Economics Neuropolitics and the law

JEREMY HOWICK, LSE Placebo Controls: Epistemic Virtue or Vice?

MONIQUE LANOIX, Dalhousie University, Canada Embodying or Disembodying Care? Ancillary Care Work Within Health Care

ANGELA FENWICK, University of Southampton Using bodies for their owns: a central dilemma for medical students

JULIE DOYLE and IRMI KARL, University of Brighton Shame on You: Discourses of Health, Class and Gender in the Promotion of Cosmetic Surgery Within Popular Media.

JORGE LAZAREFF, MEDNET, UCLA Global Health: The public takes precedence

JURGEN DE WISPELAERE, University College Dublin The regulation of suicide: ethics and policy

JESSAMY HARVEY, Birkbeck College, University of London Femal Virtue, National-Catholicism and Medical Authority, Constructing a Spanish Martyr of Chastity (1952).

DAVID HUNTER, University of Ulster The Challenge of Sperm Ships: The need for global regulation of medical technology.

ROBERTA BIVINS, Cardiff University A question of control: diversity, disease and post-colonial medicine in Britain.

STEPHEN WILKINSON, Keele University Choosing disability: ‘screening in’ and the welfare child.

LOGIE BARROW, University of Bremen How Not to Encourage Vaccination: some Anglo-British Boomerangs, 1853-1907-2001

ALAN HAWORTH, London Metropolitan University Freedom of Expression and Human Fallibility.

MICHAEL DILLON, Lancaster University Molecular Biopolitics: Life Assurance and Genetics

HOWARD GILBERT, University of Essex Time to reconsider the lawfulness of ritual male circumcision.

DAVID REUBI, London School of Economics “The Corrupting Power of Capitalism:” Ethics, Markets and Human Cells

DAVID LARSEN, University of Cambridge The Economics Significance of Illness in Recent British “Knowledge Based Economy” Narratives

PAUL REYNOLDS, Edge Hill University College Embodiment, Desire, Medicine and Ethics: Some Thoughts

IAIN BRASSINGTON, University of Keele Globalisation and the Moral Indefensibility of the NHS

STEVE SMITH, Newport University Social Model of Disability and Interpretation.

JESSIE FERGUSON, University of Luton Last Offices and the Changing Narrative of the Dead Body

AUBREY BLUMSOHN, Sheffield University Reflections on the pharmas

BOB BRECHER, Brighton University Embodied Politics: Healthcare Resources as a Paradigm for Thinking about the Political Issue of Distributive Justice