CFP: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics

The 24th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference | New Heights & Broader Plains: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics | May 29 – June 1, 2013 | Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, AB

The conference is designed to provide intellectual stimulation, opportunities for networking, sharing of learning, and building of community for all individuals, whatever their background, who have an interest in ethical issues relating to health, the environment and the life sciences. All those interested in contributing to the bioethics conversation – from beginners to experts alike – are encouraged to attend for inspiration, renewal and discovery in one of Canada’s most breath-taking natural settings!

The field of bioethics is broadening its scope and pushing traditional boundaries in recognition of the fact that ethical issues affecting human life and the natural environment touch on almost every area of human endeavor. Acknowledging this breadth, the 2013 CBS Annual Conference aims to expand the circle of bioethics discussions.

The theme New Heights and Broader Plains: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics is designed to: (a) stimulate dialogue in areas of bioethics that may be less commonly discussed or under-appreciated, and (b) engage, as part of the conversation, populations that may be under-served or whose voices may be less commonly heard.

Call for Abstracts and Moderators: The Call for Abstracts will be open from September 17 to November 30, 2012. The theme of the 2013 Canadian Bioethics Society Annual Conference is New Heights and Broader Plains: Expanding Vistas for Bioethics. The Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for papers, workshops or posters that stimulate discussion and share valuable learning across the broad scope of bioethics. In particular, and consistent with the conference theme, submissions are encouraged that highlight populations and areas of bioethics that are less commonly explored and discussed, such as, but by no means limited to:

Areas within Bioethics

  •  Aboriginal health ethics
  •  Community-based ethics
  •  Corrections ethics
  •  Disability ethics
  •  Disaster ethics
  •  Diversity issues
  •  Ethics and health technology assessment
  •  Ethics and rehabilitation
  •  Global bioethics
  •  Mental health and addictions ethics
  •  Public health ethics
  •  Rural ethics

Populations within Bioethics

  •  Aboriginal peoples
  •  Disaster victims
  •  Individuals with dementia
  •  Non-industrialized world citizens
  •  Individuals with disabilities
  •  The elderly
  •  Ethnic / cultural minorities
  •  Mental health and addictions survivors
  •  Incarcerated individuals

The Call for Moderators will be open from September 17 to February 11, 2013. We invite you to submit your name for consideration as a moderator for concurrent sessions. The Program Committee is seeking expressions of interest for moderators for concurrent sessions at the CBS Conference. Moderated sessions will consist of three 15 minute oral presentations, grouped by theme. The presentations will be followed by a combined-30 minute discussion period, facilitated by the moderator. There will be a separate timekeeper. The moderator will be someone with relevant background who is knowledgeable about the theme of the concurrent session. The moderator will receive the three completed papers or slides 4 weeks before the conference. Following the oral presentations, the moderator will provide a brief (maximum 5 minute) commentary, during which he or she will draw insights from and connections between the presentations, and make contributions from his or her own experience. The moderator will then moderate questions from the floor, possibly beginning the conversation with some prepared questions to stimulate discussion. The moderator will ensure that the discussion is, as much as possible, inclusive of the 3 presenters and that time is shared fairly among the participants in the room.

Further details about the proposal process and the 24th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference can be found at



The New York Times reports on a growing concern about researchers’ misconduct and journal editors’ need to retract previously published articles:

The journal [Infection and Immunity] wound up retracting six of the papers from the author, Naoki Mori of the University of the Ryukyus in Japan. And it soon became clear that Infection and Immunity was hardly the only victim of Dr. Mori’s misconduct. Since then, other scientific journals have retracted two dozen of his papers, according to the watchdog blog Retraction Watch.

The article “A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform” by Carl Zimmer is on line.

CFS: ARVs, HIV Prevention

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Developing World Bioethics:Ethical Considerations in the Use of Anti-Retrovirals for HIV Prevention

Deadline for submissions: 31 July 2012 | Guest Editors: Ronald Bayer, Quarraisha Abdool Karim

Evidence-based approaches to reducing sexual transmission of HIV has remained a major challenge in responding to the HIV pandemic. The past 18 months has witnessed a substantial shift in this landscape. Controlled trials have demonstrated that the treatment of individuals with HIV infection reduces the risk of viral transmission to uninfected sexual partners (treatment as prevention). Additional evidence suggests the possibility of providing anti-retroviral medications to uninfected individuals may reduce the risk of acquiring HIV infection from sexual partners (PrEP— Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). In view of scarce resources, there will inevitably be a need to prioritize who will get anti-retroviral drugs; those who are sick, those who can transmit HIV, those at risk for acquiring HIV. Research that focuses on the balance between efficiency and equity will be involved. Ethical frameworks for guiding decision-making at the clinical level as well as the macro social policy level will be essential.

Among the questions that will need to be discussed are:

  • i. What rights claims can uninfected persons make for access to ARVs for prophylactic purposes when millions across the globe are dying from AIDS because they cannot access ARV treatment?
  • ii. What moral claims can justify the provision of ARV therapy to those who do not yet clinically require treatment as a way of reducing the risks of HIV transmission?
  • iii. What normative issues are raised in making the determination that there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of either PrEP or Treatment for Prevention?
  • iv. How should the social and biological vulnerability of women to HIV infection inform discussion about the allocations of resources for either PrEP or treatment as prevention?
  • v. If there is a risk that PrEP will increase the risk of drug resistance and compromise treatment options for those already infected, what ethical questions must be confronted?
  • vi. What conceptions of procedural fairness and inclusiveness should shape decision making processes about these allocation decisions?
  • vii. How should current research findings inform the ethics of trial design?
  • viii. Given current evidence what moral issues involving the protection of research subjects should be considered in determining the extent of ancillary services and care that should be provided in prevention trials?

The editors welcome early discussion of brief proposals and/or abstracts by email to: or

Upon submission authors should include full contact details and a few lines of autobiographical information in a separate electronic file. We discourage papers of more than 5000 words. For further submission requirements, format and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines on the Developing World Bioethics website:

Manuscripts should be submitted to Developing World Bioethics online at:  

Please ensure that you select manuscript type ‘Special Issue’ and state that it is for the ARV Special Issue.

CFP: Colo Ethics Forum

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: CHEF 2012: Borders and Barriers: Mapping a Moral Path

Deadline: February 15th, 2012

The 2012 Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum Conference will be held April 26th and 27th, 2012 at The Stonebrook Manor Event Center and Gardens in Thornton, Colorado. This year’s theme is Borders and Barriers: Mapping a Moral Path. Ethics is a process of choosing among different paths, each path having its own unique obstacles and challenges. Some obstacles are moral in nature as we attempt to address conflicts among ethical principles or different methods of assessing the moral dimensions of a situation. Other challenges relate to conflicts among deeply held beliefs, values and preferences among patients, families, providers and the community at large. Finally, many obstacles are practical such as those involving scarce resources, limited time, lack of knowledge and uncertain outcomes. Borders are the diverse lines we often must cross when making ethical decisions including legal and regulatory requirements or competing political, social, religious and moral beliefs. Borders also include the fine lines between patients and families, providers and/or the organization. Barriers include all of the practical realities that seem to challenge our efforts at moral action including ineffective communication, lack of support, scarce resources and limited options.

The two day conference will have a Hot Topics track that will focus on high profile issues in the healthcare headlines and an Issues in Practice track that will focus on highly applied topics for individual and ethics committee development. Proposals are sought on a wide range of topics. Suggestions include:

  • Health care reform (e.g., financial constraints, access, quality, community based health care, accountable care organizations)
  • Allocation of resources (e.g., drug shortages, high cost treatment, new technologies)
  • Setting-specific topics (long term care, hospice, behavioral health, military healthcare)
  • Patient-centered topics (e.g., undocumented and/or indigent patients, patient compliance, spiritual care in different cultural and religious traditions)
  • Provider-centered topics (e.g., limits of provider conscience, compassion fatigue, moral distress)
  • Organization-centered topics (e.g., organizational ethics and social responsibility, quality management, privacy)
  • Vulnerable populations (cultural differences, children, research subjects)
  • Effective communication (e.g. difficult conversations, conflict management, language barriers)
  • Ethics committee development and performance (e.g., decision-making, consultation, leadership)
  • Moral theories, concepts and decision making


The Colorado Healthcare Ethics Forum is an active and diverse community of health professionals and laypersons in Colorado who work collaboratively to raise the awareness of ethical issues, promote ethical practice and respond to current and future ethical challenges in the delivery of health care. The annual CHEF conference attracts 150-175 participants annually and is well recognized throughout the Rocky Mountain region. For more on the vision, mission and values of CHEF, visit our website at  .

Please submit written proposals to Deb Bennett-Woods at  no later than February 15, 2012. Proposals should include the following:

  • Presentation type (Individual / Panel / Workshop). Individual and Panel presentations are typically scheduled for 60 minutes. Workshops may be proposed for longer periods, generally 2 hours.
  • Name, CV and a brief biography of presenter(s). (Note: Brief bios should be no more than 75 words.)
  • An abstract of the presentation, no longer than a single page, setting forth the issue, the presenter’s thesis, and the approach to be taken.
  • Any special presentation requirements (audio/visual, seating arrangements, etc) and limitations on availability for those dates.

In addition to requesting proposals, we encourage you to pass along any suggestions for speakers or presentations with which you may be familiar that would be a good match for this year’s conference.

CFS: Bioethics (Soc Sci & Med)


Bioethics in the field: The social (re)production of bioethics in diverse cultural contexts. Guest Editors: Patricia Kingori, Kristina Orfali and Raymond de Vries. The Guest Editors of this Special Issue are Patricia Kingori (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine), Kristina Orfali (Columbia University) and Raymond de Vries (University of Michigan). Please contact  for any queries regarding the Special Issue. The deadline for submissions is 31st January 2012. Authors should submit online at .

When asked to choose article type, authors should stipulate ‘Special Issue: Bioethics’, and in the ‘Enter Comments’ box the title of the Special Issue should be inserted, plus any further acknowledgements. All submissions should meet Social Science & Medicine author guidelines (also available at ).

CFP: Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (Conference)

Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) 2012 Congress: CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANELS | ROTTERDAM, JUNE 25-27, 2012

The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2012 Congress. The Congress theme is Generations: Imagining the Future to Promote Health and Justice. Submissions on any topic in feminist bioethics are welcome. Paper abstracts should be 300 words, accompanied by both a descriptive title for the paper proposed and 2-3 keywords. Proposed panels should include a 300-word description of the overall topic and objectives of the panel, as well as a panel title and the titles of all the papers to be included in the panel. All submissions should include the names, e-mail addresses, and full affiliations of all authors. In cases of panels and co-authored papers, please identify a corresponding author. One or two submitted papers may be selected for plenary presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for a plenary, please submit the full paper and indicate that you seek review for a plenary.

The conference organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical cultural studies (gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, etc.), law, public health, and others. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers. Please provide enough detail for reviewers to be able to assess your proposal for a paper or panel from the abstract. The abstract should include a clear statement of method, thesis, and conclusion, and indicate what participants will learn from your presentation. The theme of Generations should be interpreted broadly. Topics may include, but should not be limited to:

  • – New social patterns in reproduction (reproductive tourism, assisted reproductive technologies, surrogacy, etc.)
  • – The distinctive moral status and needs of children
  • – Caregiving across generations (eldercare, child care, etc.)
  • – Intergenerational justice
  • – Reproductive rights and justice
  • – Access to maternal and child health care
  • – Re-imagining the family and familial responsibilities
  • – Environmental justice across generations
  • – Re-imagining the future
  • – Adoption and the creation of families
  • – The value and social meaning of biological ties between generations
  • – Prolonging life
  • – The next generation of feminist bioethics
  • – Sustaining and shaping communities over time

Submissions (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) should be e-mailed to  by December 1, 2011. This e-mail address should only be used for communications concerning submissions, and not for general conference or FAB inquiries. Vol 6, no.2 of the International Journal for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) will be based on the proceedings of the 2012 FAB Conference. All papers presented at the conference, or whose abstracts were accepted, will be eligible for inclusion in this issue of IJFAB. Once abstracts are accepted, they will be forwarded to the Editorial Office of IJFAB, which will follow up with instructions to authors about submission and review processes. To be included in the conference issue papers must submitted in IJFAB style to the Editorial Office no later than August 15, 2012. The issue will appear in November 2013. FAB encourages all conference presenters to submit their papers to IJFAB for review. Authors who do not wish to have their papers reviewed for inclusion in IJFAB should indicate this when submitting an abstract.

CFP: LGBTQ Bioethics (J Homosexuality)

Call fro proposals:  Mapping Queer Bioethics: Space, Place, and Locality in LGBTQ Bioethics (Journal of Homosexuality Special Issue)

Guest Editors: Lance Wahlert and Autumn Fiester

The Journal of Homosexuality invites the submission of abstracts for a special issue expected to publish in Fall 2012. This special issue will consider the spaces, places, and localities in which bioethical concerns and dilemmas arise. Recent scholarship in bioethics, disability, studies, and queer theory has focused prominently on the institutional and circumstantial factors that impact the appreciations, services, and needs of marginalized populations. To that end, numerous scholars from a variety of traditions have weighed-in on the spatial and organizational strategies of municipalities, nations, and other governing bodies to consider the complexities and sensitivities of those in need of health care services. Bearing in mind this recent intellectual trend, this special issue will provide discourse on a as-yet-unacknowledged question: How do we appreciate and understand the special needs and special sensitivities of queer parties in the clinical realm given the constraints of location, space, and geography? Accordingly, we seek contributors from numerous disciplines to provide insights on how queer health needs might be space and place specific. How do the needs of trans persons differ in the clinic, in the classroom, and in the boardroom? Does the pedagogical value of queer-positive sex education policies differ in the high school, in the courtroom, and in the legislative house? Do the ethics of safe(r) sex standards change when we consider disparate spaces such as bathhouse, the tearoom, the bedroom, and the hospital? Does the act of memorializing queer health and queer sexuality change between the archive, the home, the church, and the art gallery? More boldly (and perhaps more discerningly), what continuities can we identify across these various spaces?

This special issue will attempt to ‘map’ (literally and figuratively) the healthcare sensitivities of LGBTQ persons, considering these over-arching questions:

  • What are the prominent, queer sites of contention, contagion, and discourse?
  • How does the proximity of these spaces (as safe or otherwise) affect and effect their (il)legitimacy?
  • Where do we posit the queerness of healthcare; and the health of queerness?
  • With maps literally included in this special issue, what does the topgraphy, geography, and spatiality of queer health look like cartographically? And how is this a useful strategy?

Abstract submissions should be 1,000-1,500 words in length and are due by August 31, 2011. Abstract should be submitted to: