Subject: Reminder: CFP 4S Boston 2017 - Making Medical Innovation Ethical

Dear EASST group members,

there are a few more days to submit your abstract for this 4S panel. We
look forward to hearing from you!

*4S 2017 CFP: Making Medical Innovation Ethical*

August 30 – September 2, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Organized by the Science, Technology, and Medicine section of the Society
for Medical Anthropology

New medical technologies often challenge and remake frameworks for
evaluating the ethics of biomedical procedures. This panel, organized by
the Science, Technology, and Medicine section of the Society for Medical
Anthropology, seeks to deepen the conversation about what happens when new
medical tools come up against existing ethical sensibilities. While many
experts, patient groups, and media observers believe that medical
innovation will open up human bodies to longer, better life spans and a
wider variety of sensations and experiences, other constituencies worry
about how new gadgets perpetuate patterns of unequal access to medical
care. What social, political, and technical understandings of technological
innovation underwrite such orientations, and what other responses are
possible? Furthermore, to what extent is the development of such
technologies the purview of elites, and to what extent do women, people
with disabilities, people of color, queer and gender non-conforming people,
people at the margins of the economy, and experts situated beyond
established global centers of power actively intervene upon their design
and use? What is at stake when bodies saved or enhanced by emerging
technologies encounter established ethical norms in the laboratory, the
research clinic, the maker space, the hospital, and the street? What sorts
of controversies about evidence of efficacy and responsible use allow us to
witness the (re)configuration of ethical frameworks for new medical
technologies? We invite papers with an ethnographic grounding focused on
any geographic location that explore the diverse uses, effects, and
conditions of development of medical technologies.

Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less to Elena Sokolova (, Tanja Ahlin (, and Danya
Glabau ( by noon EST on February 19, 2017 to ensure
time for review and submission of the panel.

Tanja Ahlin
PhD candidate
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research (AISSR)

#Ageing and #Technology: Whose concerns?
Slam that #Ethnography!

To create is to live twice. (A. Camus)

Our identities are the style by which we procure love. (R. Q. Telfer)

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