CFP: Bodily Integrity and Bodily Autonomy in Pediatric Populations
Submission deadline: October 1, 2022
Dr. Brian D. Earp
University of Oxford, UK
Dr. Kate Goldie Townsend
University of Exeter, UK
The right to bodily autonomy is normally analyzed in terms of an adult's right to give or withhold consent to certain infringements into, or uses of, their body. Pre-autonomous children, by contrast, are typically thought not to be capable of giving or withholding their own informed consent, and so other standards - such as "best interests" (as judged by the parent) are thought to apply. However, might children also have a right to bodily autonomy, or perhaps to having their future right to bodily autonomy preserved? Or does a different concept apply -- perhaps a right to bodily integrity, which does not rest on having decision-making capacity? How might such rights be conceptualized? When should younger children be protected from certain bodily infringements to which they cannot consent, and when should older children be allowed to choose certain body modifications for themselves?
Submissions should take a global lens and consider practices in both the Global North and Global South.
Potential Topics list:
The right to bodily integrity and/or bodily autonomy in pediatric populations (Does it exist? What does it consist of? When is it violated?)
Analysis of the concept and ethics of medical consent for mature minors
Bodily integrity, bodily autonomy, and pediatric disability
Medical and non-medical conceptions of childhood
Ethics of cultural or religious body modifications in minors
Ethics of "cosmetic" procedures for children (including ear-piercing)
Ethics of gender-related body modifications in minors
Ethics of intersex genital surgeries and debates about medical necessity
Ethics of cochlear implants for deaf children
Ethics of birth control and abortion access for minors
The submitted manuscripts for this Special Collection will be peer-reviewed before publication.
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Please submit your paper according to the following timetable for the Special Collection:
October 01, 2022