Prof. Dr. Mark Schweda
Head of Division
In December 2018, Mark Schweda was appointed professor for Ethics in Medicine at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Department of Health Services Research at the University of Oldenburg. Prior to this, he was assistant professor at the Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine of the University Medical Center Göttingen, where he attained the venia legendi. Schweda was a Junior Research Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg / Göttingen School for Advanced Study (2014-2015) and spent research stays at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society of the University of California, Berkeley (2012), the Department of Philosophy of the San Francisco State University (2011), as well as at the Center for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics at the University of Lancaster (2009). His academic qualification at the Humboldt University at Berlin and the University of Nottingham (UK) included philosophy, German philology and journalism.
Mark Schweda’s research interests include the relevance of modern medicine and technology for individual self-conceptions and concepts of life. A special focus is on questions of aging, the life course, and human temporality in general. Thus, he investigates the influence of new possibilities of medical prediction and prevention on individual life planning, the role of medical treatment and the assistive (information) technologies for a good life in old age, as well as the importance of changing scientific concepts and cultural interpretations of dementia. In his work, he combines ethical reflections with approaches from social research, cultural studies, and political theory in order to include personal perceptions (experiences of affected people, public attitudes), symbolic interpretive patterns (images, metaphors, medial representations) and institutional contexts (legal conditions plus political forms of organization and potentials of participation).
- Ageing, life course and human temporality
- Technology in health care
- Diagnosis, treatment and public presentation of dementia
- Organ donation and transplant medicine
- Biomedicine and bioethics in a socio-cultural context
- Empirical social research and political participation in bioethics
- Questions of philosophical ethics and political philosophy
Duttge, G., Sax, U., Schweda, M., Umbach, N. (eds.): Next-Generation Medicine? Ethische, rechtliche und technologische Aspekte genomischer Hochdurchsatzdaten in der klinischen Praxis, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2019.
Beier, K., Schweda, M., Schicktanz, S. (2019): Taking patient involvement seriously: A critical ethical analysis of participatory approaches in data-intensive medical research, in: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 19 (1):90.
Rimon-Zarfaty, N., Schweda, M. (2019): Biological clocks, biographical schedules and generational cycles: Temporality in the ethics of assisted reproduction, in: Bioethica Forum 4, 133-141.
Schweda, M., Jongsma, K. (2018): Return to childhood? Against the infantilisation of people with late-onset dementia, in: Bioethics 32 (7), 414-420.
Schweda M., Coors M., Mitzkat A., Pfaller L., Rüegger H., Schmidhuber M., Sperling U., Bozzaro C. „Ethische Aspekte des Alter(n)s im Kontext von Medizin und Gesundheitsversorgung: Problemaufriss und Forschungsperspektiven, in: Ethik in der Medizin 30 (1), 5-20.
Schweda M., Kögel A., Bartels C., Wiltfang J., Schneider A., Schicktanz S. (2018): Prediction and early detection of Alzheimer’s dementia: Professional disclosure practices and ethical attitudes, in: Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 62 (1), 145-55.