Call for Papers Extended — CLU International Jain Conference: Bioethics

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The 2012 Claremont International Jain Conference

Bioethics: Religious and Spiritual Approaches
August 24-25, 2012 at Claremont Lincoln University
(See Flyer Here)

Call for Abstracts and Papers

Paper abstracts of 300 – 1,000 words should be emailed to Matthew Fisher by May 15, 2012. Applications from a wide range of fields are welcome, and graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Notifications will be made by May 31st.

Bioethics: Religious and Spiritual Approaches
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The rapid growth of the medical sciences and of medical technologies has given doctors the ability to diagnose and to cure as never before. At the same time, these breakthroughs raise perplexing ethical questions: when does life begin, and when does it end? When is the quality of life so compromised that doctors should cease further interventions? What is informed consent? What constraints should apply to research on human subjects? And, above all, how can the sanctity of life be preserved? This conference will bring the resources of Jainism (see note below), of the dharma traditions of India, and of the world’s religious and spiritual traditions in general to bear on the most difficult bioethical questions of our day.

The conference presupposes that religious and spiritual traditions can assist doctors and ethicists in thinking through these questions and coming to answers. We welcome paper proposals addressing any of the overlaps between bioethics and the religious traditions, including procreation, alternative medicines, birth and related issues (abortion, in vitro fertilization, population control, etc.), use of stem cells, cloning, the ethics of medical research, end of life issues. The Claremont International Jain Conferences are sponsored by the Jain community, but papers drawing on any of the world’s religious or spiritual traditions are warmly welcomed.

Keynote speakers include Dr. Cromwell Crawford (Univ. of Hawaii), Dr. Abdulaziz A. Sachedina (Univ. of Virginia), Dr. James Hughes (Trinity College, CT), and D.K. Bobra, M.D.

Matthew Zaro Fisher
Ph.D Student
Dept. of Philosophy of Religion and Theology
Claremont Graduate University
Tel: 414-241-0645

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