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In this episode Chris and Jane talk with Dr Michiel de Proost about his research on egg and sperm freezing, as well as feminist approaches to bioethics and reproductive justice. Michiel is a newly graduated PhD from the Vrije Universiteit  in Brussels, in the Research Centre for Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality. His work uses feminist ethics theories to explain conceptions of autonomy and emancipation in social egg freezing and, more recently, fertility apps that target men.  
In this episode Jane and Chris discuss the consequences of overturning Roe v Wade and its relevance to Australia or otherwise. Joining them in this conversion is Dr Rebekah McWhirter.Bek is a senior lecturer in health law and ethics in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. Her research interests include ethical and legal issues in health, Indigenous genetics, and empirical research methods in ethical and legal research. She has qualifications in law, public health and history.Resources discussed include:Abortion and Professional Secrecy A. V. M. Anderson; Medical Journal of Australia 1924 Vol. 2 Issue 19 Pages 495-498 abortion in Australia: a short history B. Baird, Reproductive Health Matters 2015 Vol. 23 Issue 46 Pages 169-176 Prof Theunis Roux  What does the US Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs tell us about the virtues of Australia’s approach to protecting fundamental rights?  God under Howard: The rise of the religious right in Australian politics M. Maddox Publisher: Allen & Unwin 2005 
In this episode Jane and Chris talk with Dr Alda Balthrop-Lewis about her book 'Thoreau's Religion: Walden Woods, Social Justice, and the Politics of Asceticism' and the myths and legacies of Thoreau.  Excerpt of Walden read by Gord McKenzie from LibriVox Music from Dan Bodan "City Plaza".Other interviews with Alda about her work include 'What is our life for? Henry David Thoreau's search for social justice' on ABC RN's Soul Search.Short pieces from Alda include 'What baking sourdough can teach us about the moral life'. 
In this episode Chris and Jane talk with Dr Yves Aquino about his work on the pathologization of ugliness, cosmetic surgery and race, and the norms of health and beauty. 
In the first episode for 2022, Chris and Jane talk with Peta Cook from UTAS about the ethical and social issues surrounding xenotransplantation. The discuss the recent developments surrounding the genetically modified pig heart that was transplanted into an American man, as well as historical precedence and debates. 
In the final episode for the year Jane and Chris discuss the ethics of doctors in Greece taking bribes to infect anti-vaxxers with fake vaccines, but instead injecting them with the real one. We also discuss a shift in the way COVID is being governed - a move away from state-led public health measures to rhetoric of individual choice and responsibility. We also talk about risk, uncertainty, favorite books from 2021 and what will 2022 hold. 
In this episode we are talking with Kiran Pienaar about the uncertainties and ambivalences produces via medical tests and diagnostics. We discuss some of her recent work with Prof Alan Petersen and the notion of bio-subjectivities. Plus leaf blowers. Sources discussed include:Searching for diagnostic certainty, governing risk: Patients' ambivalent experiences of medical testing Managing risks or generating uncertainties? Ambiguous ontologies of testing in Australian healthcareAudioMusic City Plaza - Dan Bodan
In this episode Jane and Chris are joined by Diego Silva from Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney to discuss his work on solidarity as a moral guide for global health. They also spend a lot of time talking about the aesthetics and political and ethical significance of sport, as well as whether academics (aka nerds) are allowed to enjoy sports. Sources discussed include:Mere rhetoric? Using solidarity as a moral guide for deliberations on border closures, border reopenings and travel restrictions in the age of COVID-19AudioMusic City Plaza - Dan BodanOutro Barry Bonds - Kanye West
In this episode Chris and Jane talk with Camilla Pickles from Durham University about her research on obstetric violence and the difficulties in drawing attention to the ethical and legal problems associated with childbirth, consent, and stereotypes regarding pain and capacity. Sources discussed include:Obstetric violence blogSounding the alarm: Government of the Republic of Namibia v LM and Women's Rights during Childbirth in South AfricaWomen’s Birthing Bodies and the Law: Unauthorised Intimate Examinations, Power and Vulnerability AudioMusic City Plaza - Dan Bodan
In this episode we are talking about neuro-ethics and the good & bad of interdisciplinarity with Cynthia Forlini. 
In this episode we are discussing the obligations of the pharmaceutical industry during a global health emergency, plus the ethics of vaccine distribution and wearable tracking devices. We are talking with Assistant Professor Owen Schaefer from the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University Singapore. AudioPresident Trump praising Pfizer Music City Plaza - Dan Bodan
Everyone is an Expert!

Everyone is an Expert!


New Season, New Co-host!Jane Williams is joining the Undisciplinary team as a host and the first conversation is about Robert Veatch's paper on Generalized Expertise (1973) and we discuss how in the age of COVID everyone has become an expert about epidemiology, artificial intelligence, withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and everything else. 



Chris and Courtney are taking a break for the rest of April. Next episode will drop on 6 May 2021. Take care and thanks to all our guests and listeners. 
In this episode Chris and Courtney discuss with Jane Williams the politics of vaccine, hotel quarantine and other things. AudioAnnastacia Palaszczuk discussion COVID clusters in QLD via SBS NewsBunnings Karen
In this episode, Chris and Courtney continue the discussion of the emergence of euthanasia debates and legislation in Australia during the 1980s. Art & AudioMusic City Plaza - Dan BodanQ&A FactCheck: Supporting Euthanasia | 10 April 2017
In this episode Courtney and Chris talking with Pat McConville about artificial hearts and phenomenological approaches to bioethics.  
In this episode Chris and Courtney talk with Thao Phan about her research on AI, Robotics and algorithmic cultures. Specifically, discussing her work on  technologies like Amazon's Echo and Apple's Siri and how they continue histories of racialised, gendered and classed labour in the domestic sphere. They also discuss the ethics of AI and how much of the ethics research is funded by the companies producing the ethical questions. Thao is a Research Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She is a feminist STS researcher who analyses the technologization of gender and race in algorithmic culture. She is also the Co-founder and Convenor of the Australasian STS grad network (or AusSTS) and the program coordinator for the Deakin Science and Society Network. ReferencesThe materiality of the digital and the gendered voice of Siri (2017) TechnoscienceAmazon Echo and the Aesthetics of Whiteness (2019) CatalystEconomies of virtue: the circulation of "ethics" in AI and digital cultureRe Bioethicist serving on pharma board see Leigh Turner's pieceMusic & AudioThe Jetsons: Rosie the Robot First AppearanceMusic City Plaza - Dan Bodan
In this episode, Chris and Courtney discuss the emergence of ‘voluntary assisted dying’ legislation in the Australian context, and explore aspects of the history of ‘euthanasia’, including terminology and assumptions.ReferencesVoluntary assisted dying (Victoria, Australia) Ezekiel J. Emanuel (1994) The history of euthanasia debates in the United States and Britain, Annals of Internal Medicine Editorial (1969) Euthanasia legislation, Medical Journal of Australia (10 May)Editorial (1976) The problems of legalizing euthanasia—and the alternative, Medical Journal of Australia (30 October)Art & AudioMusic City Plaza - Dan BodanAnthony Albanese in Australian Parliament debating Euthanasia Laws Act 1997  
In this episode Chris and Courtney discuss Quinn's research on commercial influence on nurses,  the power dynamics surrounding nursing in university and hospital institutions, and the visibility/invisibility of nurse whistleblowers. 
In this episode Chris and Courtney discuss how "good doctors" are produced by looking at the history of medical ethics in the Australian medical curriculum. They tackle the myth that medical ethics wasn't taught prior to Beauchamp and Childress's "Principles of Biomedical Ethics" (1979), and it wasn't "mere etiquette" either. They also discuss the gendered aspects of medical education and ethics at the time.ReferencesOpening Jonathan OgdenMusic City Plaza - Dan Bodan
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