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Kristin Zeiler

As a Pro Futura Scientia Fellow and Professor/Reader (biträdande professor) at the Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change, I work with research and teaching. I am research leader of the program Towards an Ethics of Bodily Giving and Sharing, which examines different forms of bodily exchanges in medicine (gamete donation, surrogacy, and organ donation as some examples) and I currently work with a book project entitled The Making of Altruistic Bodily Exchanges in Medicine. I also work with the project Shaping Ethics, Shrouding Ethics: Uterus Transplantation in Swedish Media and Politics (together with Lisa Guntram), and with a long-term project on feminist theorizing of the body in health and medicine.

Research interests

My research interests include philosophical, ethical, and socio-cultural aspects of biotechnological interventions and the use of medical technology, therapy, and surgery, and how these – as well as experience of pain and illness – can form our ways of engaging with others and the world and inform our self-understandings. Previous projects of mine have explored philosophical, ethical, and socio-cultural issues related to intersexuality, genetic testing, aging/dementia, death and different experiences of infertility, assisted reproduction, illness, pain, and pleasure. I often find it fruitful to combine empirical research with philosophical analysis in order to better understand and engage with nuances of lived experiences, the use of technologies, as well as interactions within and ethical aspects of health care practices.

One of my long-term research interests is the role of embodiment for subjective and intersubjective meaning-making, and past research of mine has examined how norms and values attributed to specific bodies or specific relations can inform, enable or restrain perception, meaning-making, choice, and action in health care. As some examples, my research has examined norms about ‘good’ parenthood in kidney donation and norms about sexed embodiment when a child is born with so-called ambiguous sex.

My research is situated within and contributes to feminist philosophy (particularly feminist phenomenology) and other branches of feminist theory, medical humanities, and bioethics, and I often engage with work within philosophical anthropology, medical sociology, gender studies, or more recently, science and technology studies, and postphenomenology.

Teaching experiences

I have teaching experience from undergraduate, master, and postgraduate levels within the areas of ethics, bioethics, gender studies and health, theoretical perspectives of humanistic and social science health research, feminist philosophy, and qualitative and philosophical methodology. I have supervised around 15 master thesis (written in Swedish, English, French and Spanish) mainly within the areas of gender studies, bioethics, and medical humanities, and been supervisor of three PhD candidates and one lic. cand. who now have defended their dissertations (secondary supervisor for Lic. Barbro Spjuth, 2009; primary supervisor for Dr. Lisa Guntram, 2014; secondary supervisor for Dr. Anke Zbikovski, 2014, and secondary supervisor for Dr. Anna Malmquist, 2015).

I am currently primary supervisor for Sarah Jane Toledano (LiU), secondary supervisor for Sofia Morberg Jämterud (Uppsala) and secondary supervisor for Maria Cristina Moreno (LiU-Paris).

Kristin Zeiler


Biträdande professor; Pro Futura Scientia Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)

Telefon: 013-28 57 73

E-post: kristin.zeiler@liu.se


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Technology and Social Change is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on how social actors create and use technology, and how technical change is woven together with cultural patterns, daily life, politics, energy systems, learning, and the economy in history and society.

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