The Organising Committee is pleased to call for papers for the AABHL NZB Conference to be held at the University of Otago in Dunedin 21-23 November 2019.
This conference will provide a forum for discussion on a wide variety of topics in bioethics and health law. We welcome submissions from all disciplinary backgrounds and encourage submissions from students. All abstracts will go through a peer review process undertaken by the conference committee. The committee will allocate abstracts to the program taking into account the quality of each abstract and the balance of the program.
Submission Deadline: Extended to 15 July 2019
Authors Advised: 20 July 2019
Earlybird Closes: 20 August 2019
Authors registered by: 1 October 2019
The Committee invites you to submit abstracts for consideration as an oral presentation or workshop/symposium. See also the student prize essays submission details below.
Oral Presentations will be allocated 30 minutes presentation time. Presenters are encouraged to include at least 10 minutes for audience questions and discussion within the 30 minute slot.
As the forthcoming conference coincides with the retirement of Professor Grant Gillett, papers in the areas where he has published would be welcomed. In the conference, these papers may be grouped into symposia on Grant’s work, with responses by Grant.
The relevant areas would be:
Papers can focus on the neuroscience of mental states or philosophical issues such as reasoning, free will, personal identity or brain damage or could explore areas of the overlap between neuroscience and psychiatry
Papers would be particularly relevant if they concerned end-of-life issues, informed consent, or clinical decision-making particularly in palliative care and the termination of treatment.
Philosophy of Psychiatry
Papers might concern neural underpinnings of psychiatric disease, philosophical analysis of psychopathology, the overlap between socio-political realities and human adaptation to contemporary life, or post-colonial critiques of psychiatry and ethics
There is also a possibility that papers offered in these areas on Grant Gillett’s work may be considered for a proposed Festschrift Volume.
Workshops/symposia will be allocated 60-90 minutes. They should be organised around a specific case/issue/theme/policy/legislative development.
Workshops can be discussion sessions aimed primarily at exchange and refinement of views, or working sessions with defined objectives, such as defining the scope and nature of an issue, developing a plan of action, solving a problem, or demonstration of innovations with hands-on experience.
The program for the workshop may include speaker presentations, but ample time should be allocated for discussion or activities. As a guide, 90 minute workshops should aim for at least 30 minutes of interactive discussion time. Preference will be given to workshops which have an explicit and workable plan for promoting extensive discussion and engagement. Please include ONE abstract with all facilitators names as authors with presenting author nominated as representing the group and receiving abstract submission information.
Symposia consist of 2-3 papers on a theme. A separate abstract will be required for the symposia as a whole (describing the theme), and for each paper to be presented within the symposium.
Student Prize Essays Submission Details:
Students are required to submit a full essay not exceeding 5000 words (not including footnotes and references) by 15 July 2019 to be considered for the prizes.
John McPhee (Law) Prize
Paper eligibility: Any paper on a topic related to health law; it may also have an ethical aspect
Max Charlesworth (Bioethics) Prize
Paper Eligibility: Bioethics: ethical issues arising in relation to medicine, the health sciences or health care in general from any of the disciplines that offer a perspective on such issues, including philosophy, bioethics, law, social theory, sociology, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, cultural studies, history, literacy theory and literature.
Submission or conformity requirements on the paper or essay:
Essay should conform to the requirements of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and be submitted as a word document through the Online Abstract Management system on the conference website. Applicants should make clear which prize they are submitting for.
Prize: The winner[s] will be invited to present their paper at this year’s conference. Complimentary registration fees at the conference will be provided; assistance to travel to the conference may also be provided but this will be considered on a year-to-year basis. The prize will also provide one year’s subscription to AABHL membership.
For more details on the student prize essays submissions and general abstract submission, please see the Abstract Guidelines (pdf).