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Am 08.01.2020 um 21:00 Uhr wird im Rahmen des Salzburger Nachtstudios der City Science Talk - eine Dikussion mit Barbara Prainsack , Heinz Bude und Jakob Kapeller zum Thema "Solidarität: Wandel eines starken Begriffs" auf Ö1 ausgestrahlt.

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Barbara Prainsack at TRT Worlds "Roundtable" on "Precision Medicine: Healthcare revolution?"

Roundtable is a discussion programme with an edge. Broadcast out of London and presented by David Foster, it's about bringing people to the table, listening to every opinion, and analysing every point of view. From fierce debate to reflective thinking, Roundtable discussions offer a different perspective on the issues that matter to you.

On Wednesday 20th November 2019, the topic of the roundtable was "Precision Medicine: Healthcare revolution?". Besides Barbara Prainsack, Joyce Harper (University College London), Catherine Joynson (Nuffield Council on Bioethics) and Patrick Short (Sano Genetics) took part in the discussion.

New Paper by Mirjam Pot, Wanda Spahl & Barbara Prainsack

The new paper "The Gender of Biomedical Data: Challenges for Personalised and Precision Medicine" is published in Somatechnics. Somatechnics presents a thorougly multi-disciplinary scholarship on "the body". The overarching theme of volume 9 is "Data Matters: (Un)doing Data and Gender in the Life Sciences & Pharmacological and Carceral Bodies".

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The Workshop Public Involvement and Governance in Population-Level Biomedical Research takes place in Oxford on the 9th and 20th January 2020.
Biomedical research increasingly focuses on the collection, collation, and analysis of big data for population-level research. However, such research poses challenges to traditional systems of research governance, pushing against existing conceptions of research participants and informed consent, and in doing so, raising concerns related to privacy, data protection, and trust. In response, models of public involvement in governance are being proposed to fill gaps in oversight and restore public trust.

Keynote Speakers

Jonathan Montgomery, University College London
Barbara Koenig, University of California, San Fransisco

Confirmed Panellists

Michael Burgess, The University of British Columbia
Victoria Chico, University of Sheffield
Aaron Goldenberg, Case Western Reserve University
Michelle McGowan, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Barbara Prainsack, University of Vienna
Mahsa Shabani, University of Leuven

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Wanda Spahl bei Podiumsdiskussion zu "Mobile Solidaritäten. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Ambivalenzen und Grenzen von Solidarität"

Am 14. November 2019 findet von 18 - 20 Uhr eine öffentliche Podiumsdiskussion im Rahmen von "Mobile Solidaritäten. Eine Auseinandersetzung mit Ambivalenzen und Grenzen von Solidarität" statt. Dabei wird Wanda Spahl (CeSCoS | IPW) zusammen mit Eric Burton (Institut für Zeitgeschichte | Universität Innsbruck), Pedram Dersch (Aktivist von "Fridays for Future"), Monika Salzer (Autorin und Aktivistin bei "Omas gegen Rechts") und Walter Sauer (Historiker und Aktivist, Dokumentations- und Kooperationszentrum Südliches) diskutieren.

Das Podium zu Mobilen Solidaritäten schafft einen Raum für aktivistische, akademische und inter-disziplinäre Positionen und bringt unterschiedliche Akteure aus dem Wiener Raum für eine Debatte zusammen.
Wer erklärt sich mit wem, wann und warum solidarisch? Welche Grenzen des solidarischen Handelns existieren und welche Räume müssen für solidarisches Handeln gegeben sein? Wie wird Solidarität ideologisch, kulturell oder regional begrenzt?

Darüber hinaus finden am 15. November 2019 von 9 - 10:30 noch öffentliche Inputs und eine Dikussion, moderiert von Ulrich Brand (IPW) und Birgit Englert (Institut für Afrikawissenschaften) statt.

Das Programm finden Sie hier.

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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.

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Barbara Prainsack will hold a talk within the lecture series "Taming the Machines"

On 4. December 2019 Barbara Prainsack will give a talk on "The Value of Data in Healthcare: Beyond Nudging". The talk takes place within the lecture series "Taming the Machines" organised by the Department of Informatics (University of Hamburg). This public lecture series invites internationally renowned scholars to discuss major normative questions related to the design, use and regulation of information technology for a good society.

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New Journal Article by Wanda Spahl & August Österle

The new article "Stratified membership: health care access for urban refugees in Turkey", published in the Comparative Migration Studies Journal, examines developements in the light of stratified membership theories. More specifically, it asks how far the healthcare system in Turkey can be categorised as a system of stratified membership for different groups of urban refugees, focusing on refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.




Turkey hosts more refugees than any other country in the world. Incoming numbers have increased steadily since the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011. This raises enormous challenges for the host country, not least with regard to the provision of healthcare. This article examines the developments in the light of stratified membership theories. More specifically, it asks how far the healthcare system in Turkey can be categorised as a system of stratified membership for different groups of urban refugees, focusing on refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Following a theoretical debate about stratification in the provision of social rights, 16 semi-structured interviews with experts and active participants were carried out in Ankara to understand the situation of urban refugees in need of healthcare. The results confirm assumptions of stratified membership theories which understand citizenship in a broad sense as comprising the interconnected dynamics between social rights, legal status and identity requirements. Next to ethnic categories of origin defining the status in Turkey, factors such as language skills or the individual economic situation also play crucial roles for stratified membership both as an empirical fact and as a constructed practice.

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 The Value(s) of Precision Medicine: Societal, Political, and Ethical Aspects

Professor Barbara Prainsack was invited by the Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture Project to give a talk on “The Value(s) of Precision Medicine: Societal, Political, and Ethical Aspects”, on Wednesday, May 6th 2020, 5pm-7pm at the University of Columbia, USA.

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"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.

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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.
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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.

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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.