This seminar is concerned with how conflicts between religion and secularity (i.e., secular and religious discourses, norms, actors, and institutions) are shaped differently in differing socio-legal contexts in the Middle East, Europe and North America. Specifically, we will examine the way religion and secularity shape disputes and are shaped by disputes over “body politics” and “the margins of life”. We will explore the secular laws and religious disputes governing what is permissible to do to the body and who has the authority to decide (The Church, the mother, the public, the individual etc.) We will focus on current legal and social controversies that have erupted around the practices of male circumcision, posthumous organ donation, abortion, technologies of birth and death with dignity (assisted suicide).
Schicktanz, S. / Raz, A. / Shalev, C. (2010). The cultural context of patient’s autonomy and doctor’s duty: passive euthanasia and advance directives in Germany and Israel. Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Vol 13, no 4, pp. 363-369.
Ünal, D. / Cindoglu, D. (2013): Reproductive citizenship in Turkey: Abortion chronicles. In: Women's Studies International Forum, Vol 38, pp. 21–31.
Yurdakul,G. (2014): Jews and Turks in Germany: The Ritual Male Circumcision Debate.
Gross, S. / Lavi, S. (2014): Visibly Dead: On Making Brain Death Believable.