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CBHD’s 28th Annual Summer Conference: Bioethics & the Body @ Hybrid Online / Trinity International University
Jun 24 @ 5:30 pm – Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for our 28th annual conference, Bioethics & the Body. Distinguished speakers will examine foundational concepts and bioethical considerations related to the myriad ways in which we view, interact with, manipulate, and analyze our physical bodies. Plenary sessions will focus on understanding the human body through a theological lens, disability and issues of identity in a bioethical context, the goals of medicine with respect to disease, pregnancy and prenatal testing, and the biological and technological merging of the human and nonhuman.

Workshops and paper sessions will explore additional issues from among the wide spectrum of traditional and emerging bioethical topics, ranging from beginning-of-life issues and dilemmas in clinical ethics to reproductive and genetic ethics, disability ethics, emerging technology assessment, historical analyses, philosophical foundations, policy considerations, and legal implications.

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s annual conference is the leading venue for Christian bioethical engagement, providing opportunities for equipping and education, professional development and academic engagement, as well as networking for professionals, researchers, policymakers, educators, and students across a variety of disciplines and professional contexts.

Conference Objectives:

Identify the prospects and challenges for the evolving landscape of bioethical engagement within the context of shifting global and societal realities and advances in medicine and biotechnology.

Explore & discuss the ethical implications of recent developments in medicine, science, and technology with respect to our individual and common humanity.

Evaluate contemporary bioethical discourses in light of ethical approaches that include philosophical, religious, and other perspectives from the medical humanities.

Promote interdisciplinary engagement on pressing bioethical issues.



Call for Papers: Special Issue of Global Bioethics
Sep 1 all-day

The journal Global Bioethics will announce its relaunch in 2021 with new joint editors, Cristina Richie and Cheryl Macpherson. This call for papers marks the simultaneous shift in aims, scope, and editorial vision as we begin by revisiting definitions of ‘global bioethics’.

The ‘global bioethics’ described by Van Rensselaer Potter in the 1960’s and 1970’s explored
concerns about nuclear devastation and environmental carrying capacity of our planet.
Overlooked by many in bioethics, Potter’s global bioethics has been interpreted, applied, and advanced by different authors. It is sometimes used informally in discussions of a given bioethics issue presumed to have global relevance, and sometimes raises questions resembling past questions about the existence of a common morality and the universality of bioethics.

Submissions to this call for papers will attempt to re-define global bioethics and deepen or
broaden understandings of what ‘global bioethics’ is and does. They may help to distinguish global bioethics from biomedical ethics and sub-specialties such as public health ethics and research ethics; contextualize and distinguish between global and local relevance of its applications; and identify specific points of interconnectedness between individuals, populations, and non-human beings. Peer reviewed and commissioned submissions will provide the focus for the 2021 volume of Global Bioethics and it’s relaunch. As such, these contributions will inform the direction of the journal and highlight the significance of and roles for global bioethics today.

Submissions will constitute original research of 3000-7000 words as described in the journal’s new Aims and Scope (see Types of Articles and Word Count). Submissions to this call will be reviewed when received and, if accepted, published open access online. Submissions are encouraged by 15th April 2021 and will be accepted until 1st September 2021. Authors and institutions in countries defined by the World Bank as low or middle income are eligible for 50% discount (