Marian Verkerk, University of Groningen
Palliative sedation and euthanasia in the Netherlands

13th February 2013, 1–2 pm
Seminar Room, 4th Floor Claremont Bridge Building, Newcastle University

In this talk Professor Verkerk will draw upon her experience as  the Chair of the Royal Medical Association of the Committee Palliative Sedation and her  10 year membership of  the review committee on euthanasia. Using a case-based approach Professor Verkerk will explore the social and ethical aspects of palliative sedation and euthanasia in the Netherlands.

Marian A. Verkerk is  Full Professor Ethics of Care at the University of Groningen and the University Medical Centre Groningen. Professor Verkerk  is interested in exploring how questions of morality and ethics are embedded in relational perspectives and experiences of care. Recently, she is leading a new international collaboration called the ‘Ethics of Family in Health and Social Care Research Consortium’

Christine Borland, Northumbria University
Beyond Sci-Art, Contemporary Art at the Meeting Place of the Disciplines
20th March 2013, 1–2 pm
Seminar Room, 4th Floor Claremont Bridge Building, Newcastle University

Drawing upon her own work and that of other artists Professor Borland will explore the desire of artists to create  ‘good’ art whilst also addressing some of the most sensitive, intimate and challenging of human subjects.

Christine Borland is BALTIC Professor of the Institute of Contemporary Arts which is the result of a collaborative partnership between BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University. Professor Borland is an artist with a global reputation who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. Her practice explores art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. Her work has been shown internationally in numerous museums and large-scale exhibitions including the Centre for Contemporary Art of South Australia, Kunstverein Munich, Germany, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia, ICA London and at the Lyon Biennial, Manifesta 2, Venice Biennale and Münster Skulpturen Projekte 3.

Dan Herron, North East Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network
The Limits of Care?

17th April 2013, 1–2 pm
Seminar Room, 4th Floor Claremont Bridge Building, Newcastle University

Dan has worked in the NHS as a research manager in mental health and dementia and neurodegenerative diseases for six years, following a PhD in geography at UCL. His main research focus is on ethics and care provision for older people, with specific focus on the relational dynamics of caring. He is developing a set of ideas on the limits of care, focusing on expectations, responsibility, and personhood.

Kathryn Almack, University of Nottingham:
Paying attention to difference for equality: an overview of research addressing the palliative and end of life care needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

15th May 2013, 1–2 pm
Seminar Room, 4th Floor Claremont Bridge Building, Newcastle University

Dr Almack is a senior research fellow at the University of Nottingham. Her primary research is in end of life care. Her current work relates to the experiences and needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and is at the start of a two year research project in this area funded by the Marie Curie Cancer Care Research Programme.


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