2.2 Bioethics and Biopolitics

DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY, THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELED. PARTICIPANTS MAY SIGN UP FOR OTHER AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS INSTEAD, EITHER HERE OR AT THE CONFERENCE. FOR ASSISTANCE CONTACT nmcafee at emory dot edu.

Over the past decade, as issues like cloning and stem cells have become part of our public discourse, bioethics has become biopolitics. I describe these developments in my new book, "The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America." In this workshop we will consider how and why the new biopolitics has emerged and how it is changing both bioethics and politics. We will reflect as well on the cultural history that has led to biopolitics and the ways the new biology has stimulated reactions that transcend the familiar left-right spectrum. In this new biopolitical atmosphere we find bioconservatives and bioprogressives, the former (which comprises greens as well as neocons) fretting over the blurring of lines between humans and the rest of creation, the latter lamenting the drag on innovation that might save or radically improve lives.

Workshop Leader
Jonathan Moreno, University of Pennsylvania

Participants
Kim Leighton
Alan W. Grose
Lisa Cassidy
Kelsey Borrowman
Phil Seng
Eva Weber-Guskar
Kate Mehuron
Christopher Conn
Ellen K. Feder
Carla Fehr
Marilyn Friedman
Takunda Matose
Adam Briggle
Kevin Jobe
John Shook
Beatrice Godard, University of Montreal

Sarah Clark Miller, Assistant Director, Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University