Bioethics and Political Philosophy: Nordic Perspectives


Bioethics and Political Philosophy: Nordic Perspectives is a workshop series that brings together philosophers, bioethicists, and other researchers from Nordic countries whose work is at the intersection of bioethics and political philosophy.

In recent years, it has been increasingly recognized that many of the issues of bioethics have broader social and political implications, and much can be gained by approaching bioethical questions with the tools, concepts, and theories of political philosophy. At the same time, political philosophy can benefit from attention to the problems and debates within bioethics and public health ethics.

Issues of common interest include, for instance, the ethics of the use of medical, public health, and genetic data; normative questions about individual and population-level health interventions; the demands of justice in the allocation of scarce health resources; democratic participation and representation in health policy decisions.

The aim of the workshop series is to promote the traffic of ideas between these two areas. The first meeting will take place at Stockholm University in May 2019. Its broad theme is “autonomy.” It will be followed by two further workshops, one in Reykjavik in the fall of 2019 (themed “beneficence”) and another one in Aarhus in the spring of 2020 (themed “justice”).

The workshop series is supported by a grant from the Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NOS-HS).

Call for Abstracts

Workshop on Autonomy, Stockholm University

Deadline: February 15, 2019

We invite abstract submissions from researchers working in Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland) on the theme of autonomy, broadly conceived. Submissions should have relevance to both bioethics and political philosophy. We especially welcome contributions from early career researchers (PhD students and recent graduates). We aim to have at least half of the presentations from early career researchers.

Your abstract should be no longer than 500 words, suitable for a 40-minute presentation. It should be prepared for anonymous review. The abstract should be in PDF format. In the accompanying email, please indicate your name, title, institutional affiliation, and contact details. Send your submissions to The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019.

We will cover travel and accommodation for all accepted speakers.

Important dates

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2019.
Expected notification of acceptance: March 15, 2019.
Workshop date: May 16‒18, 2019.

The workshop begins in the morning of May 16 (Thursday) and ends before lunch on May 18 (Saturday). Attendance is free. Registration is not mandatory, but if you are planning to attend, please let us know by sending an email to the organizers before May 10, 2019.

There will be separate calls for the later workshops. You may submit abstracts for more than one workshop.

The workshop is hosted jointly by the Department of Philosophy, Stockholm University and the Stockholm Centre for Healthcare Ethics (CHE).


Greg Bognar, Stockholm University
Vilhjálmur Árnason, University of Iceland
Andreas Albertsen, Aarhus University