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 Call for participation: Master Class with Dr Mark Flear

In November, Dr Mark Flear is going to visit the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity. On November 20, Mark will give an invited lecture in the lecture series of the Department of Political Science.  In addition, we also organize a Master Class for doctoral students and early career researchers. The idea of the class is to enable early career researchers to discuss their work and ideas with Mark and to provide a space that allows them to enter into conversation with one another. Doctoral students and early career researchers from all departments and disciplines are welcome (including law, political science, science and technology studies, and others!)

When: November 21, 2019, 10.00-12.00
Where: University of Vienna, Department of Political Science, Conference Room (Neues Institutsgebäude, Universitätsstraße 7, 2nd floor, Trakt A)

If you are interested in presenting and discussing your work, please send a short message to Ingrid Metzler ( by October 5, 2019. It would be helpful if you could describe the project, dissertation or paper that you wish to discuss in a couple of sentences. Moreover, we will ask you to send an extended abstract of approximately 1000-1500 words by November 17. These abstracts will be shared among all participants of the Master Class.

Dr Mark Flear is Reader/Associate Professor in Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Flear’s work explores the interactions between European law, science and technology, with a focus on public health and new health technologies. Dr Flear has a special interest in citizen participation in science-based issues and using it to tease out the normative implications of the scientific and technical. Dr Flear contributes widely to all these areas, including through his monograph Governing Public Health (Hart Publishing 2015 pb; 2018 hb). This book provided the first examination of the EU as a biopolitical actor and reframed public health as a matter for citizen participation. Dr Flear is also the lead editor of and a key contributor to the pioneering European Law and New Health Technologies (OUP 2013). Through the latter Dr Flear identified the field and mapped out its broad contours. Dr Flear publishes in other leading collections on European law, and in journals such as the Medical Law Review and the Human Rights Law Review. Dr Flear is currently finalising the manuscript for a special issue of the Journal of Law and the Biosciences, which he is co-editing with Professor Richard Ashcroft. Dr Flear is also working with scholars from across Europe, Asia and Australia on a white paper on applying adaptive governance to health technologies.
Dr Flear has been a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge and the Faculty of Law and Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He has provided his expert view to the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies, and has given invited lectures on a number of topics within his research areas, including at the Mason Institute, University of Edinburgh. Mark also has a regulatory role as an independent Member of the Northern Ireland DNA Database Governance Board.

Further information

The Masterclass is organized by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Solidarity (CeSCos), the Department of Political Science, the Department of Science and Technology Studies, and the Research Focus Knowledge Societies in Turbulent Times.

"The Conversation" featured a new article by Barbara Prainsack (amongst others)

The feature titled "How big data can affect your bank account - and life" is based on the article "Big Data Governance Needs More Collective Respnsibility: The Role of Harm Mitigation in the Governance of Data Use in Medicine and Beyond", written by Barbara Prainsack, Alena Buyx and Aisling McMahon.

The Conversation is a non-profit media outled that uses content courced from academics and researchers.

Barbara Prainsack ist neues Mitglied bei HeLEX an der Universität Oxford

Barbara Prainsack wurde zum ehrenamtlichen Mitglied des Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies (HeLEX) an der Universität Oxford ernannt.

Barbara Prainsack zum Mitglied der Academia Europaea gewählt

Die Academia Europaea wurde 1988 in Cambridge gegründet; sie ist u.a. durch die jährlichen Vergabe der Erasmus-Medaille bekannt. Zudem organisiert die Academia Europaea Tagungen und Workshops und ist Herausgeberin der internationalen Zeitschrift “European Review”. Unter den Mitgliedern der Akademie befinden sich 75 Nobelpreisträger*innen. Wir gratulieren Barbara Prainsack zu dieser verantwortungsvollen Rolle sehr herzlich.

Audimax 22 Podcast: Neue Folge mit Barbara Prainsack

Audimax ist die Wissenschaftspodcast-Reihe im uni:view Magazin der Universität Wien. In einem Gespräch erzählt Barbara Prainsack von sich und ihrer Forschung.

Den Podcast finden Sie hier.

Barbara Prainsack has been interviewed by CNN

Barbara Prainsack has been interviewed by CNN on the ban of facial recognition in San Fransisco.

Watch the video here

A new podcast by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) featuring Ursula Huws (University of Hertfordshire), Aiha Nguyen (Data & Society), and our very own Barbara Prainsack, discusses digitisation and the future of work.
Listen here

Gemeinsam mit einer Gruppe internationaler Wissenschafter*innen hat Barbara Prainsack am 3. Mai einen Letter in der hochrangigen Fachzeitschrift Magazin “Science” publiziert. Die Autor*innen zeigen darin, inwiefern die Veröffentlichung von Forschungs-Datensätzen, die zur Nutzung durch Dritte freigegeben wurden, politisch und ethisch problematisch sein kann. “Eine unkritische Verwendung des Begriffes der ‘Offenheit' von Daten suggeriert fälschlicherweise, dass ihre Nutzung frei von strukturellen Problemen wie der ungleichen Verteilung von Macht und Einfluss sei”, argumentieren die Autor*innen.

Weitere Informationen

Hier können Sie die Aufzeichnung der Diskussion von Katharina T. Paul zusammen mit anderen ExpertInnen zu dem Thema "Die Pflicht zum Stich - Wie sinnvoll ist die Zwang-Impfung?" nachhören.

Lukas Schlögl in Podcast on the Future(s) of Work

In this podcast @jimmygreer talks to entrepreneurs, policy makers and academics about what has become known as the future of work. We discuss the challenges and opportunities of online platform working; why it is so important and to make this new way of working fair; how some freelancers are making the most of digital; the impact of automation (or should that be ‘automatability’?) on emerging and developing country jobs; and what to do about the so-called ‘rise of the robots’. This podcast is the first in a series exploring the themes from our research into business models of the future. Click here to read a short summary of our latest report on Business Models of the Future

Guests: Willem Pieter de Groen (Centre for European Policy Studies), Romain Trébuil (Yoss), Ellen Thijs (B-Hive), Natalya Sverensky (NOBL), Brando Benifei (MEP), Luke Schlögl (University of Vienna)


Among others (see below) Katharina Kieslich published a new article in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine on "National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, social values and healthcare priority setting".

Littlejohns, P., Chalkidou, K., Culyer, AJ., Weale, A., Rid, A., Kieslich, K., Coultas, C., Max, C., Manthorpe, J., Rumbold, B., Charlton, V., Roberts, H., Faden, R., Wilson, J., Krubiner, C., Mitchell, P., Wester, G., Whitty, JA. and Knight, S. (2019) 'National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, social values and healthcare priority setting', Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. doi: 10.1177/0141076819842846.

New Publication by Katharina Kieslich

Katharina Kieslich pusblied a new article with the title 'Paradigms in operation: explaining pharmaceutical benefit assessment outcomes in England and Germany' in the Journal of Health Economics


Health technology assessments (HTAs) are used as a policy tool to appraise the clinical value, or cost effectiveness, of new medicines to inform reimbursement decisions in health care. As HTA organisations have been established in different countries, it has become clear that the outcomes of medicine appraisals can vary from country to country, even though the same scientific evidence in the form of randomised controlled trials is available. The extant literature explains such variations with reference to institutional variables and administrative rules. However, little research has been conducted to advance the theoretical understanding of how variations in HTA outcomes might be explained. This paper compares cases of HTA in England and Germany using insights from Kuhn (1962, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2nd edn. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press) and Hall (1993, Policy paradigms, social learning, and the state: the case of economic policymaking in Britain. Comparative Politics 25, 275–296) to demonstrate how policy paradigms can explain the outcomes of HTA processes. The paper finds that HTA outcomes are influenced by a combination of logical issues that require reasoning within a paradigm, and institutional and political issues that speak to the interaction between ideational and interest-based variables. It sets out an approach that advances the theoretical explanation of divergent HTA outcomes, and offers an analytical basis on which to assess current and future policy changes in HTA.

Kieslich, K. (2019) 'Paradigms in operation: explaining pharmaceutical benefit assessment outcomes in England and Germany'. Journal of Health Economics, Policy and Law.

Barbara Prainsack in Gentechnikkommission berufen

Für eine Dauer von fünf Jahren wurde Barbara Prainsack als Ersatzmitglied des wissenschaftlichen Ausschusses der Gentechnikkommission für Genanalyse und Gentherapie am Menschen (Expertin aus dem Bereich Medizinethik) bestellt. Wir wünschen Ihr viel Erfolg in dieser verantwortungsvollen Funktion.

New book: Debating Unemployment Policy - Political Communication and the Labour Market in Western Europe

The new book will be published by Cambridge University Press and will be available by May 2019.
Edited by Laurent Bernhard, University of Zurich, Flavia Fossati, University of Vienna, Regula Hänggli, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland and Hanspeter Kriesi, European University Institute, Florence.


In 2008 the world experienced the Great Recession, a financial and economic crisis of enormous proportions and the greatest economic downturn since the 1930s. In its wake, unemployment became a key preoccupation of West European publics and politicians. This comparative study considers the policy debates surrounding unemployment in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland since 2008. With an over-arching focus on drawing out cross-national commonalities and differences, the authors ask whether patterns of political communication vary across countries. Their analysis draws on interviews with labour market policy-makers in the six selected countries, and paints a revealing picture. Appealing to researchers in comparative politics, political communication and welfare state research, this book will also interest practitioners involved in labour market policy.

Get your copy here.

Lecture von Gerd Antes: Big Data und Künstliche Intelligenz - das Ende der Evidenzbasierung?

Am 3. Juli fand der Vortrag von Gerd Antes mit dem Titel "Big Data und Künstlische Intelligenz - das Ende der Evidenzbasierung?" statt. Professor Dr. Gerd Antes ist Mathematiker und Biometriker. Er gilt als ein Wegbereiter der evidenzbasierten Medizin in Deutschland.

Vortragender: Gerd Antes
Moderation: Christiane Druml & Barbara Prainsack
Wann: 3. Juli 2019, 17 - 19 Uhr
Wo: Aula am Campus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1, 1090 Wien

Hier können Sie die Aufzeichnung nachhören

Die Folien zum Vortrag finden Sie hier.

Flyer zur Veranstaltung

Am Donnerstag, 7. November 2019 findet die 9. regionale Armutskonferenz mit dem Thema "Solidarität... Es war einmal?" in St. Virgil statt. Barbara Prainsack wird einen Vortrag zu "Solidarität in Zeiten wachsender sozialer Ungleichheit" halten bzw. zusammen mit Birgit Buchinger, Peter Rhumannseder und Christoph Artner-Sulzer über "Gelebte Solidarität" diskutieren.

Weitere Informationen und Programm

IPW Lecture by Nikolas Rose


The world-leading sociologist and theorist Nikolas Rose (King’s College London; will visit CeSCoS for a week in December 2019. The highlight of his visit will be a lecture on the topic of his latest book, Our Psychiatric Future: Is another psychiatric biopolitics possible?

When: Wednesday 11th December 2019 | 18:00
Where: Aula am Campus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1, 1090 Vienna


Psychiatry, since it took its modern form in the mid-nineteenth century, has always been a ‘political’  science - historically in relation to degeneracy and eugenics, mental hygiene, and the management of ‘dangerous individuals’ in the court and psychiatric system’;  today in relation to the ‘economic burden’ of mental ill health, the Global Mental Health Movement seeking to expand Euro-America psychiatry to the Global South, the challenges of mental disorder refugees, migrants and children in the Global North and so forth.   While much focus has been on the emergence of new ‘neurobiological’ styles of thought in psychiatric research, there are signs that a new psychiatric strategy is taking shape. This new biopolitics of psychiatry would focus less on treatment in the clinic, and more on the integration of psychiatry into the domain of public health.  In this talk I will consider the possibilities that psychiatry could become a branch of social medicine, identifying and addressing the forms of social adversity that give rise to mental distress, understanding the pathways by which they act, and transforming the power relations that have always characterised this form of expert knowledge. I will suggest that we are at a potential turning point and outline the possibilities for a new, different and politically progressive psychiatric biopolitics.

Find the Flyer here.