Planning Later Life – Bioethics and Politics in Aging Societies
July 10th – 12th 2013
Silke Schicktanz and Mark Schweda (Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Göttingen) and Frank Adloff (Department of Sociology Erlangen-Nürnberg)
The aim of the international conference Planning Later Life – Bioethics and Politics in Aging Societies is to critically reflect on the relevance of modern medicine in shaping the lives and situations of aging and elderly persons today. It discusses and contrasts the ethical, social and political consequences of demographic change in the field of medicine and health care as well as the implications of the rise of anti-aging medicine and prevention, and recent trends in dementia research and care. The conference is interdisciplinary, combining perspectives from ethics, sociology, cultural anthropology and nursing sciences.
Among the confirmed keynote speakers are:
• Norman Daniels (Harvard),
• John Harris (Manchester),
• Otfried Höffe (Tübingen),
• François Höpflinger (Zürich),
• Sharon Kaufman (San Francisco),
• Stephen Katz (Petersborough),
• S. Jay Olshansky (Chicago),
• Dieter Sturma (Bonn),
• Nancy Jecker (Washington)
• Jason Powell (Preston).
Apart from the plenary sessions, there will be open parallel sections discussing the changing images of old age between autonomy and dependency, the evidence and benefits of anti-aging and prevention, problems of personal identity and dementia as well as solidarity and social responsibility in future healthcare policies. Contributions in the form of oral presentations of 20 minutes are invited. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, highlighting question, methods and results of your research, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is November 1st 2012. All abstracts will undergo peer review.
The conference will take place within the framework of the BMBF-funded research project Biomedical Life Plans for Aging. Values Between Individual Ethical Reflection and Social Standardization (http://www.biomedizinische-lebensplanung.uni-goettingen.de).