Netherlands, Groningen

What About the Family?

when 12 August 2019 - 18 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 EC
fee EUR 500

Recent developments in healthcare and social care policy are challenging the scope of and theoretical justification for claims based on notions of family responsibility. The considerations cover a wide range, from normative issues of (for example) the basis on which we should expect responsibility to be present, to empirical considerations of how responsibilities come to exist and are enacted in a range of familial situations.
This Summerschool will explore new theoretical and practical approaches to address the challenges posed by responsibilities generated by new forms of healthcare practice. In particular, we will examine the significance of people’s key relationships (such as with family and community), and how people deliberate and decide about their responsibilities. As a special field of interest, issues in genetics and screening is chosen. In the field of genetics, family is the context in which decisions are made and modulated. But it is also the other way around: genetics itself lead to new forms of kinships dependencies.

Research questions and themes to be addressed include:
- what ‘family’ means;
- negotiating responsibilities;
- familial roles in decision making;
- justice within families.

Participants will enhance their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical approaches to ethics of families, and their applications, especially on the field of genetics, screening and decision-making. Participants will have ample opportunities to present their own research and benefit from feedback from internationally renowned scholars.

Course leader

Prof. dr Marian Verkerk

Target group

This summer school is intended for /MA/PhD/Postdocs and researcher in the fields of ethics, philosophy, social sciences or other related fields.

Credits info

1 EC
Participants receive a certificate of participation

Fee info

EUR 500: excluding housing
EUR 745: including housing