Doha, Qatar
June 2-3, 2024

Feminist Bioethics, Cultural Differences, and Lived Experience

Call for Abstracts 

The Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2024 congress committee welcomes abstract submissions on any aspect of feminist bioethics. Reflecting the theme of the WCB main conference, we are particularly keen to receive submissions that involve examinations and analyses of feminist bioethics across cultural norms, themes, and experiences. 

FAB is an organization of feminists from bioethics and related disciplines.  Feminist bioethics centers the status, roles, and circumstances of women (broadly defined) in areas such as healthcare, biomedical research, biomedical education, understandings of sex and gender, socioeconomic determinants of health, changing understandings of the family (broadly defined), and biomedical technologies --among many others.  FAB has a strong commitment to embracing contributions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, social sciences, critical cultural studies, law, medicine and public health, history, and psychology, and from scholars from various cultural, religious, and social traditions.  We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers.

The 2024 Congress:  Our 2024 Congress will be a “hybrid” meeting. Both FAB and WCB will take place in-person in Qatar, offering oral presentations and symposia, as well as virtually, with participants and audiences choosing their presentation and viewing modalities.

Topics and themes

The WCB 2024 theme is “Religion, Culture and Bioethics.” FAB conferences generally echo the main theme, while encouraging authors to extend their inquiry into questions that center feminist concerns. For the FAB 2024 conference, our theme is “Feminist Bioethics, Cultural Differences, and Lived Experience.” Submissions may be theoretical, empirical, or methodological, and will be organized into appropriate thematic strands. Possible themes include:

  • the relationships between culture and bioethics;
  • bioethics in a plural world;
  • gender and emerging biomedical technologies (artificial intelligence, enhancement technologies, neurosciences);
  • disability and disabling conditions;
  • genetics and genomics;
  • reproductive technologies and cultural difference;
  • human rights in health;
  • feminisms and global biomedical research.

Note that this is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Whether or not your abstract falls within one of these areas, please ensure the title and abstract of your submission clearly convey the main theme of your presentation.

The format of submissions is as follows:

  1. Oral papers of 20 minutes plus Q&A;
  2. Short oral papers of 7 minutes including Q&A;
  3. Panels/symposia of 90 minutes.


30 September, 2023 Deadline for abstract submissions
31 October, 2023 Deadline for abstract submissions (Extended)
1 December, 2023 Confirmation of acceptance/rejection decision
11 December, 2023 Early bird registration & payment
10 January, 2024 General registration & payment
4 March, 2024 Registration & payment for online participants

Submission Information

  • Oral paper

3 or more papers will be given together with other, related talks in parallel sessions. The slots will be assigned by the programme committee.

Duration: 20 minutes plus 10 min Q&A
Submission as: Oral paper
  Abstracts must not exceed 250 words
- To ensure the best possible presentation of your abstract when it is published, please avoid any unnecessary formatting.
- Please check all information thoroughly before submission, as all information will be published as given.

* Some contributors whose paper submission is unsuccessful may be offered space in the shorter oral presentation session.

  • Oral presentation

Short presentations of max. 7 minutes that briefly introduce the presenter’s work to potentially interested audiences for further follow-up. Questions will be taken only if time remains in the 7-minute slot. The slots will be assigned by the programme committee.

Duration: 7 minutes including Q&A
Submission as: Oral presentation
  Abstracts must not exceed 250 words.
- To ensure the best possible presentation of your abstract when it is published, please avoid any unnecessary formatting.
- Please check all information thoroughly before submission, as all information will be published as given.
  • Panel session

An entire thematic session of either 60 or 90 mins. The session may be structured around linked papers and discussion, or involve other activities and formats e.g. debate, workshop, panel Q&A, film plus discussion). Submitting author should indicate the theme, overall abstract, and names of other presenters and Chair.

Duration: 60 or 90 min (please indicate which)
Submission as: Panel presentation
  When submitting a panel session, please include the following information:
- Title (of the session)
- Short summary of the panel (max 1000 words)
- Name of Chair
- Names of presenters with titles of individual presentations, if appropriate

Guidelines for submission

1. General information

  • Before submission, please select if you are submitting to the World Congress of Bioethics (WCB) or the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB)
  • You may submit different abstracts to each congress BUT not the same abstract to both congresses.
  • Contributions must be submitted online.
  • All papers must be written and presented in English.
  • All submissions will be evaluated in anonymised form (i.e. without author information) by the scientific committee of FAB and WCB depending on to which congress your abstract is submitted.

2. Author information

Please provide complete and accurate information on all contributing authors.

This includes the full name, institution/organisation, location, and email address of every (co)author.

The person making the submission is wholly responsible for the accuracy of the information. The information will be printed as submitted.

3. Presenting authors

Every submission must name at least one presenting author. The presenting author must register for the congress(es) to which they have submitted their abstract, upon its acceptance.


  • Contributions will be anonymised before being evaluated by the reviewer group appointed by the scientific programme committee.
  • Each contribution will be evaluated separately by at least two reviewers.
  • The scientific programme committee will select contributions for acceptance in a final round of evaluation based on the expert evaluations. Their decisions are final.


Submitted contributions will be used for:

  • online evaluation
  • the committee’s selection meeting
  • publication of the abstract on the event website upon acceptance
  • publication of the documents in event-specific printed material, e.g., in the event programme.

Submission Form

For submission, please fill in this form

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The Donchin and Holmes Emerging Scholar Prize

Established on the occasion of FAB’s 20th Anniversary, this prize honors the co-founders of FAB, Anne Donchin and Helen (Becky) Bequaert Holmes. The prize is awarded for the best paper accepted for presentation at the biennial FAB World Congress by a graduate student or early career scholar. The award consists of $500 USD, a certificate, and recognition on the program.

Criteria for Applying:

  • You must submit an abstract by the deadline of 30 September 2023 for your paper for presentation at the upcoming FAB World Congress in June 2024;
  • You must be currently enrolled in a graduate program (masters, doctorate, or equivalent) or have graduated from such a program within the last 2 years;
  • You must currently be a member of FAB; and
  • If the paper is not single-authored, either all co-authors must meet criterion 2 (i.e. no faculty co-authors) or, if the paper reports a form of empirical bioethics that would conventionally be co-authored by supervisors or collaborators, the graduate student or early career scholar must be the lead (first) author and the submission must be accompanied by a statement from the co-authors that the graduate student or early career scholar led the work in such a way that it is appropriate to consider the paper eligible for a graduate student or early career prize.

Submission Requirements:

  • Abstracts for your paper must be submitted to the FAB Congress through the online abstract submission portal by 30 September, 2023.
  • If an abstract is accepted, full papers for submission for the Donchin and Holmes Emerging Scholar prize should be sent by email to FABcoordinator@fabnet.org by 1 March 2024. They should be between 3,000-6,000 words in length and prepared for anonymous review.
  • The body of the email should list:
    - paper title
    - applicant’s name, affiliation, and email address
    - applicant’s current graduate program and dates of enrollment or the graduate program and date of graduation
    - If necessary, the e-mail should also list any co-authors and include further information to confirm that criterion 4 has been met.
  • The submission should be sent to with the subject line Donchin and Holmes prize entry to FABcoordinator@fabnet.org by the deadline of 1 March 2024.

Judging Criteria:

The panel of judges will evaluate the paper on

  • Knowledge of the relevant literature
  • Organization/structure
  • Quality of reasoning
  • Originality of thought
  • Quality of writing

The winner will be announced at the FAB Congress in June 2024.

Fine Print:

FAB reserves the right not to award the prize in any given year. Failure to attend the FAB World Congress typically forfeits the prize, though there may be exceptional circumstances in which this rule is waived. Winners are encouraged to extend their paper to full length and submit it to IJFAB for review and potential publication. More information about FAB, including how to become a FAB member, is available at www.fabnet.org

FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB).

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