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12. - 13. April 2018, Glasgow (GB)

Workshops: "Suffering and Autonomy at End of Life"

We are pleased to announce a series of events, to be held in Glasgow in 2017-2018, discussing the relationship between suffering and autonomy, with a particular focus on end of life care.

In each event, one space is reserved for a graduate student or early career researcher to present a paper which addresses the theme of the event. To that end we invite submissions from interested parties, addressing the themes of the series (as detailed below). We will pay all accommodation and subsistence costs, and also reasonable travel costs within the UK.

Demographic changes in western liberal democracies challenge established theory and practice concerning end of life care. This requires advances not only in the medical science of geriatric and palliative care, but also in the underlying philosophies of old age, illness, and dying, and how they relate to autonomy. Autonomy is an ideal according to which people successfully shape their lives in accordance with the values they have chosen. Autonomy at the end of life is a crucial dimension of this ideal. Answers to the urgent questions concerning the design and delivery of end of life care require a deeper understanding of, for example, the nature and role of the suffering including its effects on consent, well-being, decision-making, the integrity of a person, and their quality of life.

The final event will be a two-day conference, to be held on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 April 2018.

Speakers will include David Clark, Ben Colburn, Jennifer Corns, John Harris, Bridget Johnston, Neil C. Manson, and Daniel Weinstock.

In the first two workshops we considered the ways in which suffering both augments and threatens autonomy at the end of life, we turn to consider the connection between these illuminated effects and regulatory frameworks governing end of life care. Accordingly, at this conference we ask two questions. First, how are the effects of suffering on autonomy respected in existing medical and legal frameworks governing end of life care?

Second, how might these frameworks appropriately be altered to respond appropriately to suffering, and to protect autonomy at end of life?

Submissions are invited from any relevant discipline, including (but not limited to) law, medicine, nursing, philosophy, psychology, public policy, and sociology.

Full papers of up to 6,000 words should be submitted to ben.colburn(at)  by 1 February 2018, with a separate note indicating the applicant's career status.*

The successful presenter will be informed by 1 March 2018. We look forward to your submissions!

Dr Ben Colburn Dr Jennifer Corns University of Glasgow *We expect postdoctoral applicants to be no further than seven years from the award of their PhDs.

However, we recognize that caring responsibilities and short-term teaching-intensive employment patterns can disadvantage early-career researchers.

If you are more than seven years from the award of your PhD then please explain, in your note, any special circumstances of this sort that you would like us to take into account.

Dr Ben Colburn Head of Philosophy School of Humanities University of Glasgow 67-69 Oakfield Avenue Glasgow G12 8QQ +44 (0) 141 330 4277