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Deconstructing Donation Study Group Conference

19 June 2020
City, University of London, UK

Call for Papers

Dr Laura Machin is inviting abstract submissions for this interdisciplinary conference which aims to deconstruct ‘donation’. Presentations that provide insight into the relationships that donation produce, with people, technology, body parts, fluids and tissue are particularly welcomed. Theoretical, methodological, and empirical papers will all be considered. Presentations can draw on the concepts and theories within the social sciences and/or humanities and can refer to all types of bodily, tissue, and fluid donations for a variety of purposes such as education, treatment, art, and research. The conference will have a number of themed sessions, which we invite potential speakers to consider.

Themed Sessions

  • Contextualising Donation
    We are inviting contributions which critically address the contexts, politics and practices which both construct and transform donation. Donation does not happen in a social vacuum and contributors are asked to consider how various forms of donation are shaped, maintained and developed in particular contexts and at particular times, through, for example, considerations of political, economic, socio-cultural and policy concerns.
  • Researching Donation: Methodological Considerations and Contingencies
    We are interested in papers which address the particular methodological and ethical approaches and challenges to researching donation. Contributors may wish to consider the particular issues involved in gaining access to and studying donation in the ‘field’, and the research relationships that shape and make these activities possible.

Abstract Submission

In the abstract, please include your name, institution, title of presentation, and email address.  Abstracts significantly over the word count will not be accepted. Abstracts significantly over the word count will not be accepted. Abstracts will be reviewed, taking into account the suitability of the topic, the stage of research process (if appropriate), and the significance of the findings or arguments proposed to the Group.  Please email abstracts of up to 300 words by 27 March 2020 to the Deconstructing Donation Study Group Convenor, Dr Laura Machin

You will be notified out of the outcome of your submission by 24 April 2020.

Plenary Speaker and Panel Event

The plenary speaker for the fourth Deconstructing Donation conference will be Rosamund Scott, Professor of Medical Law and Ethics at the Dickinson Poon School of Law, Kings College, London. Rosamund’s research centres on ethical, legal and policy issues in reproduction, with an emphasis on new reproductive technologies.

We will also be hosting a panel event with speakers working on donation from diverse perspectives. The panel will be addressing the question: ‘What does donation mean to you?’ Confirmed Panel Members include:

  • Rachael Buchanan: Science and health journalist at BBC News
  • Alexa Wright: Artist who has produced works on the psycho-social effects of heart transplantation
  • Katie Morley: Lead nurse – Recipient coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant

Conference Details

The conference will take place in the Tait Building at City, University of London, Northampton Square, Clerkenwell, EC1V 0HB and is being hosted by Dr Jessie Cooper, Lecturer in the Sociology of Health.

Delegates and speakers will be welcome to join Laura and Jessie for drinks and/or dinner at a local restaurant on Thursday, 18 and/or Friday, 19 June. Details will be sent out nearer the time.

Nearby accommodation within walking distance of the conference is available at: Travelodge London Farringdon

Registration Fees

  • Student BSA Member: £35
  • Student Non-BSA Member: £40
  • BSA Member: £45
  • Non-BSA Member: £50