AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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This Unit offers a unique venue within the AAR for addressing the intersections of religion, bioethics, and health/healthcare related matters. It encourages creative and scholarly examinations of these intersections, drawing on such disciplines as religious and philosophical ethical theory, theology, ethnography, clinical ethics, history, and law. It seeks to undertake this scholarly work by drawing on a variety of perspectives (e.g., Feminist/Womanist/Mujerista, cross-cultural, and interreligious) and to demonstrate the contributions that religious and ethical scholarship can offer to the critical exploration of contemporary bioethical issues.
The Bioethics and Religion Unit seeks papers highlighting the intersections of religion, bioethics, and health-related matters. This year, we especially welcome papers related to the conference theme of vulnerability. Prospects for achieving healthy lives can differ markedly depending on social circumstances including social determinants of health such as socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, disability, neighborhood, and more. Among possible topics, we welcome papers that address how unintended consequences of newer technologies (especially those that resequence DNA and even make germline modifications) might underscore existing vulnerabilities or create conditions for new forms of vulnerability.
As a field, bioethics has been dominated primarily by white and western perspectives (religious and secular). For a possible co-sponsored session with one or more other units, we welcome papers concerning any aspect of bioethical theory or practical issues that engage diverse perspectives or a comparative approach. We especially welcome papers addressing the conference theme of vulnerability for the co-sponsored session.