Shatema Threadcraft on the spectacular and the mundane

On Thursday I had a chance to participate for the first time in the seminar of LSE Political Theory Group. And to listen to Shatema Threadcraft’s extremely interesting and insightful talk about the complicated relation between spectacular black deaths and more ‘mundane’ crimes perpetrated mostly against black women in the US.

Having just read Shatema’s 2016 book – entitled ‘Intimate Justice: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic” – I was very interested in her theoretical approach. And after the seminar I had a pleasure of talking with her about that. (And my copy of the book has now a wonderful dedication from the author.)

It was a very enjoyable evening with a diverse, international group of fellow political theorists. I wonder if there is any other place but London when you can get it?

My visit at the LSE has just begun

I arrived in London two days ago to begin my eight month long stay as a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Department of Government. During that time I will be working on a research project on ideology and political science. But I also hope to interact with many splendid scholars who work at the LSE. The Government Department is one of the leading political science institutions in the world, and it is a privilege to be able to spend any time here.

Being in London in the time of Brexit-related uncertainty is also a kind of adventure in political science in itself. It will be extremely interesting to observe the process of the UK leaving the EU in real time. Or staying, for that matter, because even the most knowledgeable political scientists cannot predict the outcome of current turmoil.

Talking Ethics in Psychiatric Genetics

On 29th of January, as a merely social scientist, I had a privilege to talk before an international audience of hard scientists: psychiatrists and geneticists that gathered at the team meeting of EnGage project. The EnGage is funded by COST and aims at constructing a pan-European network of professionals who work in psychiatric genetic counseling and testing.

My task was to talk about the applied ethics in these two fields. I tried to show how the most fundamental principles of medical ethics – respect for patient autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence, and justice – are translated into area of psychiatric genetics. I reviewed some of recent literature in this subject.

The meeting took place at the Centre of Medical Biology, Poznań University of Medical Science

You can take a look at my presentation below.