Workshop: ’Moving Bodies – Transforming Values’: Socio-Cultural and Ethical Issues of Transnational Biomedicine

Institut für Ethik und Geschichte der Medizin

Förderung: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)&Georg-August-Universität Göttingen – India Office (UGILO)

Laufzeit: 2010

Organisiert von:

  • Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz
  • Prof. Dr. Tutsi Patel
  • in Zusammenarbeit mit der Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung multireligiöser und multiethnischer Gesellschaften


Biomedicine and the related bioethical problems were only associated with highly industrialised, Western health care systems for a long time. Today, most non-Western or developing countries also face the implemen-tation of biomedicine on different levels – and the rise of cutural, social and ethical questions.

The workshop aims at analysing the relationship between local and global biomedical practices from a social and an ethical point of view. The connectedness and mutual dependence of cultural variety, national legal and economic frameworks and, additionally, public trust in and responsibility of the medical profession can best be highlighted and examined by a cross-cultural comparison. For this purpose, the juxtaposition of India and Germany provides an ideal setting. While in both countries, biomedical research and practise are well established, they differ in the cultural framing with regard to factors such as medical tradition, religion/secularity and gender as well as in the socio-economical background.

Within this field, special attention should be drawn to the gender dimension in biomedicine and health issues. Medical tourism, mobility of body and body parts, giving birth, ageing and health care will be discussed.

A closed workshop with sufficient time for discussion and interdisciplinary exchange is scheduled to ensure an intensive dialogue between the different disciplines.



Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz

Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz


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