Medicine and time

Internationale Fachtagung

Medicine and time are inextricably related to each other in manifold ways. The first Hippocratic Aphorism points exactly to this relatedness: “Life is short, the art far, the favorable moment fleeting, the attempt deceptive, the decision difficult.” It confirms the time gap between lifetime (short) and time of the medical art (long). It addresses medical decision-making by acknowledging that the time for successful medical intervention can quickly pass (fleeting). Moreover, the aphorism testifies that in medicine this constellation has a long tradition of being grappled with. 
Given the current exponential growth in medical knowledge and acceleration in many areas of modern societies, these temporal relationships are not likely to have lost their relevance. On the contrary, the time gap is likely to continue to widen — and thus the challenges time poses to medicine increase. Current medicine is undoubtedly part of a rapid process of acceleration, actively and passively: medicine participates in it and contributes significantly to this. After all, medicine belongs to one of the main factors of acceleration, to the sciences. However, in opposition to the general trend, many elements in medicine are resistant to acceleration and hardly change if at all. For instance, one ought to consider the basic medical situation of the patient’s need and the help of the doctor, certain ethical principles, the character desired of a physician, the structure of decision-making, or certain basic rules of medical strategy. The same applies to certain diseases or pregnancy: Any attempts to accelerate pregnancies have proven to be unsuccessful. In this respect, it must be assumed that the temporal relationships within medicine have changed and that rapid developments are juxtaposed with stable, acceleration-resistant elements. The conference “Medicine and Time” aims to address questions arising from this collision of temporalities in contemporary medicine.

Tuesday, 7th June 2022

9.00 am – 9.15 am Welcome adress by the academic manager of the Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg and the scientific chairs of the conference
9.15 am – 10.15 am Medicine, Time and Technology: Negotiating Temporalities
Mathilde Lancelot (Nantes)
10.15 am – 10.45 am Coffee Break
10.45 am – 11.45 am Prognosis: How time and technology has changed temporal uncertainty
Bjørn Hofmann (Gjøvik)
11.45 am – 12.45 pm Out of time: Temporality, form and fugitive care in contemporary texts’
Kelechi Anucha (Exeter)
12.45 pm – 2.15 pm Lunch Break
2.15 pm – 3.15 pm Enhancement and the flourishing life. On how medical technologies influence our relationship to time and why they cannot solve our basic problems with time
Claudia Bozzaro (Kiel)
3.15 pm – 3.45 pm Coffee Break
3.45 pm – 4.45 pm  “The temporal logic of reproductive ageing:” An ethical analysis of the debate on ‘social freezing’ from the perspective of the good life
Katharina Beier und Claudia Wiesemann (Göttingen)
4.45 pm – 5.45 pm Medicine, Ageing, and the Temporal Structure of the Good Life
Mark Schweda (Oldenburg)

6.15 pm Public Key Note Lecture: The Art of Healing and the Time of Life 
Héctor Wittwer (Magdeburg) 
Moderation: Urban Wiesing (Tübingen)
afterwards: evening reception

Wednesday, 8th June 2022
9.00 am – 10.00 am Time and Method: Adaptive Clinical Trials and Perils of Acceleration
Daria Jadreškić (Klagenfurt) 
10.00 am – 10.30 am Coffee Break
10.30 am – 11.30 am Lived Time in Cancer: Phenomenology, Psychopathology, Care 
Marcin Moskalewicz (Poznań)
11.30 am – 12.30 pm Rewriting Medical Time? Time and Long Covid in the Digital Diary
Katja Herges (Tübingen)
12.30 pm – 2.00 pm Lunch Break
2.00 pm – 3.00 pm Chronos, Kairos, and Chattered Time: Lived Experience of Hospitalization and Rehabilitation after Covid-19
Sofia Morberg Jämterud, Anna Bredström and Kristin Zeiler (Linköping)
3.00 pm – 3.30 pm Coffee Break
3.30 pm – 4.30 pm Soviet medicine: ahead of illness, ahead of time
Anastasia Beliaeva (Moscow)
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm Lifetime and world time in an accelerated medicine – on biographical relief of scientists
Urban Wiesing (Tübingen)
7.00 pm Conference dinner

Christin Nestler M. A. 
Conference Office
Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald, 17487 Greifswald, Germany
Phone:     +49  3834  420 5016, Fax:     +49  3834  420 5005
Email:     christin.nestlerwiko-greifswaldde

Registration via Email:
Dr. Gardar Arnason: gardar.arnasonuni-tuebingende 

The international conference is funded by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung, Essen, and the Dr. Kurt und Irmgard Meister-Stiftung, Essen. 

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