KCL Philosophy & Medicine Interdisciplinary Workshop

KCL Philosophy & Medicine Interdisciplinary Workshop

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Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's Building, Strand Campus

King's College London



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Interdisciplinary Workshop for King's researchers working at the intersection of Philosophy and Medicine, Nursing or Midwifery

About this event

The Philosophy & Medicine Project is very pleased to bring together King's researchers working at the intersection of Philosophy, Medicine, Nursing, or Midwifery to get to know each other, explore common interests, and present our work in an interdisciplinary setting this September.

We'll have 30 min. presentations from King's staff and students, with plenty of time for Q&A after each talk. Please find our provisional schedule below, with some further details to be confirmed. We're also really pleased (Covid-19 restrictions permitting) to have the opportunity to see speakers and attendees in person, and to organise dinner, drinks, and socialising for this King's community of Philosophy & Medicine researchers!

**We are currently expecting that this will be a hybrid in-person/livestream event, likely with restrictions on audience numbers. (There will, however, be no restrictions on our numbers for our after-workshop dinners and drinks.)

In-Person Talks Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Nibbles Venue: Anatomy Museum

Livestream: A link to the livestream will be e-mailed to all registrants shortly before the event. Where permitted by presenters, we also hope to make recordings of talks available shortly after the workshop's conclusion.

When registering to attend the workshop, please note at the ticketing stage:

  1. Your preference regarding attending in person vs. online. If the number of registrants wishing to attend in person exceeds our currently expected room capacities, we will create a waiting list and notify registrants closer to the date if they will be able to attend in person.
  2. Whether you would like us to reserve a place for you at dinner on the 13th of September, and whether you'd like to stick around for pizza and beer (and other beverages) on the 14th. Please do also let us know if you have any dietary requirements. We will ensure that vegetarian and/or vegan options are available at our lunches and throughout the day for nibbles.

Please also feel free to get in touch with the organisers at philandmed@kcl.ac.uk with any questions.

Provisional Schedule

Schedule – Monday, 13th September 2021

9:30-10:00 Coffee/Breakfast

10:00-10:30 Introduction by Sowerby Chair Professor Elselijn Kingma


10:30-11:00 Talk: Professor Elselijn Kingma (Peter Sowerby Professor of Philosophy & Medicine, Department of Philosophy) - "Initial thoughts about connecting the metaphysics and ethics of pregnancy"

11:00-11:20 Q&A

11:30-12:00 Talk: Dr. Arjun Devanesan (PhD Student in Philosophy) - “Mummy, where do babies come from?”

12:00-12:20 Q&A

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Talk: Dr. Sridhar Venkatapuram (Senior Lecturer in Global Health and Philosophy, Global Health Institute)

14:00-14:20 Q&A

14:30-15:00 Talk: Harriet Fagerberg (PhD Student in Philosophy, Assistant Director at the Philosophy & Medicine Project) - "Reactive Natural Kinds and Varieties of Dependence"

15:00-15:20 Q&A

15:30-16:00 Talk: Dr. Tania Gergel (Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, Mental Health and Justice Research Project) - "Being unwell changes thought processes, our brains lie to us - self-binding directives, values and articulating cognitive impairment in bipolar"

16:00-16:20 Q&A

16:30-16:45 Coffee

16:45-17:15 Talk: Dr. Nivethitha Ganapathiram (Structure and the Clinic) - “Valourising Play: Feeling our way to radical futures”

17:15-17:35 Q&A

17:40 Closing by Prof. Kingma

18:00 Dinner

Schedule – Tuesday, 14th September 2021

10:00-10:30 Coffee/Breakfast

10:30-10:40 Welcome by Sowerby Chair Professor Elselijn Kingma


10:40-11:10 Talk: Dr. Tuomas Pernu (Senior Lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland (UEF), Research Associate at the Philosophy & Medicine Project) - "Medicine as Science"

11:10-11:30 Q&A

11:40-12:10 Talk: Dr. Giulia Cavaliere (Lecturer in Medical Law & Medical Ethics, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics) - "Abortion is not gender neutral. Rethinking ectogestation and abortion"

12:10-12:30 Q&A

12:40-13:40 Lunch

13:40-14:10 Talk: Professor David Papineau (Professor of Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy) – “The Ambiguity of Equipoise”

14:10-14:30 Q&A

14:40-15:10 Talk: Dr. Winnie Ma (Lecturer in Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, and Research Associate at the Philosophy & Medicine Project) – “Profiling Patients”

15:10-15:30 Q&A

15:40-16:10 Talk: Dr. Jillian Craigie (Senior Lecturer, Centre of Medical Law and Ethics) - "Neurodiversity and the Right to Legal Capacity"

16:10-16:30 Q&A

16:30-16:45 Coffee

16:50-17:20 Talk: Dr. Nick Makins (Sowerby Lecturer, Department of Philosophy) - "Medical Choices Under Uncertainty About Patient Preferences"

17:20-17:40 Q&A

17:40 Closing by Prof. Kingma

18:00 Pizza Party

We're very much looking forward to seeing many of you in September!

The Organisers: Professor Elselijn Kingma, Dr. Winnie Ma, Harriet Fagerberg, and Eveliina Ilola