The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public.

May
31
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat
May 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Jun
14
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat
Jun 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Jun
18
Mon
MI Annual Lecture with Jackie Leach Scully @ Screen Room G.04, 50 George Square
Jun 18 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We will hold our MI Annual Lecture, with a lecture from  Jackie Leach Scully, Professor of Social Ethics and Bioethics, Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, Newcastle University, UK. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

On strange ground: biomedical transformation, narrative vulnerability and identity repair

Vulnerability is generally understood in terms of harmful states or events that block people from flourishing, and that particular individuals or groups are disproportionately likely to experience. So a social class or a gender may, for a variety of reasons, be more vulnerable to certain diseases; single parents more vulnerable to poverty; disabled people vulnerable to hate crimes and abuse, and so on. As these examples show, the primary concern is with vulnerabilities that present as material disadvantages of different kinds; we focus on the practical politics of how these vulnerabilities arise, and how they can be mitigated.

In this paper I will examine a less obvious source of vulnerability, and the moral responsibilities that arise as a consequence. What I have called narrative vulnerability is generated by the absence or inadequacy of available cultural resources (such as stories, vocabulary, descriptions, and the ascription of epistemic value) to enable a person’s experience to be integrated appropriately into the narrative of her life. Feminist ethicist Hilde Lindemann has argued that the lack of a positive life narrative can lead to ‘damaged identities’; I propose this as a form of vulnerability, because it renders those affected less likely to flourish.

While previous work by Lindemann and others has focused on identities that are recognized but disvalued, an equally harmful form of narrative vulnerability exists for experiences that are socially and culturally novel, such as new biomedical interventions. Using the experience of organ transplantation as a case study, I will outline the concept and consequences of this form of vulnerability, and suggest that the state of narrative vulnerability is neither morally trivial nor simple to restore.

Biography of Professor Jackie Leach Scully

My first degree was in biochemistry, and my PhD in cellular pathology. I held research fellowships in oncology and neurobiology at research institutes in Switzerland, before moving to help establish the first interdisciplinary unit for bioethics at the University of Basel. Over the next few years I followed my developing research interests in genetic and reproductive medicine, disability and embodiment, and in feminist approaches to bioethics. In 2006 I returned to the UK to join the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre (PEALS) at Newcastle University, and 2016 became Executive Director.

Jun
28
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Sep
6
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Sep 6 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sep
20
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Sep 20 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oct
4
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Oct 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oct
18
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov
1
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov
15
Thu
Mason Institute Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College
Nov 15 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm