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CfP Research Ethics Committees, May 28-29, Uppsala University

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Call for Papers
Department of History of Science and Ideas
Uppsala University 28-29 May, 2019

Research Ethics Committees: Origins, Development, and Beyond

Keynote speakers:

Adam Hedgecoe
(Cardiff University, UK)
Local autonomy versus centralised ethics:
Policy disputes and the development of research ethics review in the UK

Noortje Jacobs
(Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Ethics by committee:
Governing human experimentation in a liberal democracy, 1945-2000

This workshop seeks to bring together scholars interested in medical research
ethics and regulation to discuss their origins and development in various
historical and national contexts. On an empirical level, focus might be placed
on the policies, guidelines, institutions and organizations designed to impose
ethical regulations on medical research on humans in different countries. This
may include analyses of the social, political, economic and cultural
conditions under which these regulatory frameworks and regimes appeared and

This workshop will highlight various analytical and theoretical perspectives
on the development of medical research ethics. Our aim is to provide an
opportunity to work together and acquire a close reading of ongoing research,
by circulating papers/work-in-progress texts in advance, and with the possible
production of a joint publication. We welcome contributions interested in the
history of medical research ethics which represent a diversity of viewpoints
from the humanities and the social sciences.

We especially, but not exclusively, are interested in papers and
work-in-progress presentations related to the following topics:

How has the practice of regulating medical research ethics evolved in
different historical settings and contexts?
How can we further the understanding of various national regulation
regimes? What are the determinants of their different trajectories - from
local context to extra-national influences?
What actors and institutions have been involved, and what relations have
been formed between the medical community, the political arena, and the
RECs as manifestations of changing political, cultural and moral
conceptions that underlay a set of new governance regimes for medical research
in the post-war era.

Abstract deadline
Abstracts for papers or work-in-progress presentations, of a maximum of 300
words, should be submitted no later than March 22, 2019, to Please provide your full name, institutional
affiliation, and contact details. The number of participants is limited. We
will evaluate the abstracts based on the originality of the research and the
relevance to the theme of the workshop. The workshop language is English. If
you are accepted, please note that papers should be submitted for circulation
no later than May 13, 2019, to Morag Ramsey.

Workshop organization
The workshop will run for two full days, i.e., morning to late afternoon May
28-29, 2019. Registration, lunches and conference dinner are free of charge
for all participants. Two nights accommodation is also included for those
participants presenting papers. Applicants will be notified if their papers
have been accepted by March 31, 2019. If you would like to attend without a
paper or a presentation, the deadline for application is also March 22, 2019,
the number of participants is limited. Please indicate your reasons for
wanting to take part in the workshop.

The workshop is organized by the research program "Medicine at the Borders of
Life: Fetal Research and the Emergence of Ethical Controversy in Sweden" which
is funded by the Swedish Research Council and hosted by the Department of
History of Science and Ideas at Uppsala University, Sweden

For more information, please visit


Helena Tinnerholm Ljungberg,
Morag Ramsey,
& Francis Lee,
Department of History of Science and Ideas, Uppsala University

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