Future Events in 2017


A Right to Die? Socio-legal Perspectives, Keele 18 July 2017

Celia Kitzinger will present on: "Court applications for withdrawal of artificial nutrition and hydration from patients in a permanent vegetative state: Family experiences’.  This is part of a panel entitled "Assisted Dying and Euthanasia" - although of course withdrawal of treatment in the patient's best interests is neither 'assisted dying' nor 'euthanasia' (as the talk will make clear).  Other speakers in the panel include: Dr Sue Westwood on "Older lesbians, gay men and the “right to die” debate’"; and Professor Sue Read & Dr Sotirios Santatzoglou, Keele University on ‘Exploring hospice care from the perspectives of people living with multiple sclerosis: An exploratory case study".

Booking information here: https://www.keele.ac.uk/ law/newsevents/events/archive/ 2017/suewestwood.html

Summer School on Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research, London 17-20 July 2017

Celia Kitzinger will be giving a Keynote Address on Monday 16th July.  
"Making a difference with qualitative research"

The talk will focus on our work to support families of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states and to change policy and procedures concerning court applications to withdraw feeding tubes from these patients.  It will address the ways in which we have worked collaboratively with families, clinicians, lawyers, allied health professionals and advocates; and the challenges of working with artists to ‘translate’ our research findings into paintings, music and ‘soundscape’, poetry, and a shadow puppet show. It will include discussion of our work with the legal profession (including our experience as the first academics ever to live-tweet from the Court of Protection) and the variety of ways in which we have engaged and addressed audiences of different stakeholders. The talk will describe my own experience of doing research designed from the outset to make a difference, and will consider the difference that the research has made. The – sometimes troublesome – intersection of campaigning zeal with the neo-liberal university climate will also be addressed, alongside the current notions of ‘impact’ and ‘impact capture’.

Information about the full programme and booking information here:  http://www.kingston.ac.uk/qr2 017


"Bioethicists as Advocates and Activists: Professional Boundaries and Commitments": 18th annual international symposium of the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) Research Centre, Newcastle University, UK 19-20 September 2017.

International End of Life Conference: Law, Ethics, Policy and Practice , Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 13-15 September 2017

Preconference Workshop 13 September 2017:  Contribution to a workshop on law reform in the end-of-life area drawing on case studies of success (or failure)  in changing the law in different jurisdictions. By examining the law reform experience internationally in this area, we hope to understand better how and why the law governing end-of-life decision-making can be changed. We will address the (disputed) legal requirement in England and Wales that cases involving withdrawal of life-prolonging treatment from patients in prolonged disorders of consciousness must receive judicial scrutiny from the Court of Protection.

We will also be presenting two talks during the conference - one on advance decisions and the other on legal issues relating to disorders of consciousness (schedule not yet available).
Further information and booking here: http://icel2halifax.ca


Forum on End of Life, biennial conference, Dublin

10 October 2017: We will be giving the opening keynote at the 5th biennial conference organised by the Forum on End of Life in Ireland – an initiative of the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF). The theme of the Conference is “Have Your Say”

Forum on end-of-life conference 2017

Holycross Hospital: Family experiences of Disorders of Consciousness training day

October 2017: We will be talking at this launch event for a new training centre - addressing  families experiences of DOC/ Severe brain injuries. Date to be announced

Continuing Professional Development Workshop (full day) on Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment, British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology Wales, Newport, Wales (Co-taught by Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger) 19 October 2017