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PEALS has had a longstanding link with Professor Hilde Lindemann, feminist bioethicist, based at Michigan State University.

Alongside routine professional links, Hilde is a member of the Family Ethics Network to which several PEALS members belong, and has also been a speaker at a number of PEALS seminars and symposia. Hilde is also a co-editor of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB), where PEALS Executive Director Jackie Leach Scully is Editor in Chief.

Hilde retired in 2017, and in April 2018 Michigan State University held a “Hildefest” in honour of her retirement. Jackie was asked to be a keynote speaker at this event. Her talk, entitled “On strange ground: narrative vulnerability and the reconstitution of identity”, described how Jackie had drawn extensively on Lindemann’s work on narrative constitution of identity to explore what happens in circumstances when narratives of identity are unavailable. It was paired in a session with a shorter talk by Dr Anna Gotlib, assistant professor of philosophy at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, on the theme of disruption of identity narratives by acute illness.

It was an honour and a privilege to be invited to be part of this event, and to celebrate Hilde’s years at MSU and her association with PEALS.

Jackie Leach Scully at Hildefest
Jackie Leach Scully at "Hildefest"

published on: 30 April 2018