Call for chapters for a reader on biological citizenship and biocivics
The issues we are dealing with in the biocivics debate are grouped around a complex of topics that seem to aim at redefining how we have understand our position as human beings, citizens, and actors in regard to our own biological organism and our social, cultural, and natural environment.
The individual contributors may come from various scientific traditions and disciplines: Biology, Psychology, Medical Anthropology, History of Science, Philosophy, Medicine, Neurophysiology, Sociology.
The idea of civics suggests that citizenship is attained by education and maturation and not bestowed by birth. However, with the rights of a citizen come responsibilities, which must be understood and accepted. To attain legitimacy, they must include conceptions of justice, government and ethics. Without civics, the concept of citizenship is passive to the point of emptiness. Biological civics suggests that education must include the understanding of biotechnologies of the self, of biomedical progress and ethics, of biopower, and of the biological citizen in relation to the environment. The potentials of autonomy that biological citizenship supposedly offers, as its promoters claim, can only be realized if biological citizenship is complemented with biological civics. This is a relatively new aspect of the debate, which is gradually made explicit in part by the physical activity movement, the multiple intelligence movement or mental health pluralism. Bio civics will be at the centre of future discourse on biological citizenship, biomedical ethics, biopower and governmentality.
All submissions must contain the following items:
A brief on the author, no longer than a pragraph.
Title of the proposed chapter.
Two line description
Key words (4-5)
Description of the proposed chapter (min. 250 words, max. 750 words)
Send Proposals via email to:
Alexander Stingl, PhD
Do not send full manuscripts unless invited.
Please note that if you are invited to send in a manuscript, the absolute maximum length is 25 pages including bibliography in 12 point Times New Roman, doublespaced.
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