Coming up soon at King’s! Workshop exploring the concept of Health & Disease, Ability and Dis-ability in Elite Sports.

Disciplinary boundaries often unnecessarily separate students with similar interests. “King’s Interdisciplinary Discussion Society” (KIDS) is a new King’s College group seeking to bring together postgraduates and staff from all schools to discuss the philosophy and ethics of health. The next KIDS Winter Workshop, co-organized with the Centre for the Humanities & Health, will explore the concept of health and disease, able and dis-abled in relation to sports and the construction of categories in elite competitions. The workshop is organized by Dr Silvia Camporesi based at the CHH and Dr John Owens and Dr Andrew Papanikitas of the KIDS group.
The event will be opened by Professor Brian Hurwitz, Director of the CHH and D’Oyly Carte Professor of Medicine and the Arts in the Department of English. Mike McNamee, Professor of Applied Ethics at Swansea University, will give us philosophical insights into the concept of enhancement in sports. Professor McNamee is the former President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport, and was the founding Chair of the British Philosophy of Sport Association.

An example of an Olympic and enhanced bike in Bejing
Mike is also the founding Editor of Sport, Ethics and Philosophy and has written or edited a total of 11 books in philosophy and ethics applied to sport, including Sports, Virtues and Vices: morality play (Routledge, 2008). Dr Vanessa Heggie is based at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, and will offer us a historical and ethical perspective into the history of gender testing in sports. In 2010 Vanessa published a paper titled “Testing sex and gender in sports; reinventing, reimagining and reconstructing histories” and in March this year her first book “A History of British Sports Medicine” was published by Manchester University Press. A medical perspective on enhancement in sports will be given by Professor Trisha Greenhalgh, lead of the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit at Queen Mary University. Trisha’s research interests lie at the interface between sociology and medicine, where she uses innovative interdisciplinary approaches, drawing on narrative, ethnographic and participatory methods, to explore complex, policy-related issues in contemporary healthcare.
We hope to see many of you on November 10 in the Great Hall (King’s College Strand Campus). The event is free of charge but you need to write an email to to indicate the number of places you’d like to reserve as the number of attendees is limited. The event will run from 430 to 730 pm, with drinks reception to follow!


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