Appel à contribution – Conference on Distributive Justice in Health

Appel à contribution – Conference on Distributive Justice in Health

6 and 7 October 2011

University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Centre for Humanistic Studies, University of Minho (CEHUM)

The Centre for Humanistic Studies of the University of Minho (CEHUM) is sponsoring an international conference on distributive justice in health which will take place in Braga the 6th and 7th of October 2011.

Participants include :

Gustaf Arrhenius (Stockholm University)

Greg Bognar (Center for Bioethics, New York University)

Geert Demuijnck (EDHEC Business School)

Nir Eyal (Harvard Medical School)

Axel Gosseries (Hoover Chair, Université Catholique de Louvain)

Iwao Hirose (McGill University)

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus University)

Ruwen Ogien (CNRS-CERSES- Paris V- René Descartes)

Shlomi Segall (Hebrew University)

Daniel Weinstock (CRÉUM, University of Montreal)

Jonathan Wolff (Centre For Philosophy, Justice and Health, University College London)

The aim of this conference is to define the state of the art in the discussion of justice in the distribution of health resources. For example, what is the right “currency” of justice in health : health care, all determinants and resources for health, Quality-Adjusted Life Years, health-related quality of life, something else ? And what is the right “pattern” : equality, sufficiency, priority to the worse-off, what the demos deliberately elects ?

The meeting comprises plenary sessions with guest speakers and discussants on normative issues surrounding the justification and scope of distributive justice in health within the main theories of egalitarian thought.

The plenary sessions will be followed by workshops on both philosophical and more practical topics. Guest speakers and discussants will take part in these workshops. Researchers, students, and health practitioners whose proposals are accepted would be invited to present 20 minute-long papers. Contributions from all social and health sciences, as well from practitioners and activists, with clear bearing on normative questions in political theory are welcome.

There will also be a Book Symposium on Shlomi Segall’s Health, Luck, and Justice (Princeton University Press, 2009), with comments by some of the speakers.

Guidelines for submission

The conference language will be English. Abstract proposals should address a major issue related to distributive justice and health and should be between 300 and 400 words in length. Abstracts should be suitable for blind review. Submission deadline is 1st of March 2011. Notification of acceptance will be provided by 1st of May 2011. Preferred format for all submissions is RTF attachment submitted by electronic mail to Roberto Merrill ( with “Distributive Justice in Health : Submission” in the subject line of the email.


The conference fee is 50 € and can be paid in cash at the conference desk.


You will soon find a list of hotels on the conference’s webpage. Please write to Roberto Merrill ( for additional information.

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