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Dr. Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty

Current Research interests

  • Cross-cultural comparative bioethics
  • Socio-empirical research in bioethics
  • Lay moralities and professional bioethics
  • Socio-ethical issues in reproductive medicine (esp. concepts of personhood, responsibility, parenthood and time perceptions)  
  • Identity and representation in patient's organizations

Biographical Note

Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty is a post-doctoral fellow at the department since August 2016. Her research project titled: The construction of time, timing and planning, focuses on a comparative study of the social practice of egg freezing in Germany and Israel, analyzing it through the prism of 'sociology of time'.   For this project she was granted with the Minerva Stiftung Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

She has also been involved in the OPARA research project as well as in the GIF project: “Cross-cultural ethics of health and responsibility: Expert and lay perspectives regarding bioethical dilemmas in Germany and Israel” (principal investigators: Prof. Aviad E. Raz and Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz)

Nitzan wrote her PhD at the department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her doctoral Thesis (Advisors: Prof. Aviad E. Raz and Prof. Yael Hashiloni-Dolev) focused on the influence of new medical technologies at the beginning of life (PND- Pre-Natal Diagnosis and PGD- Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis) on perceptions of the “fetus” and “parenthood” among Israeli parents.

Nitzan studied Organizational-Sociology (2005-2007) and Behavioral sciences (2001-2004) at  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Full Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Publications (selected)

Inthorn, J., Schicktanz, S., Rimon-Zarfaty, N. & Raz, A. (2015). “What the patient wants”: Lay attitudes towards end-of-life decisions in Germany and Israel. Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, 18(3): 329-340.

Raz, A., Rimon-Zarfaty, N., Inthorn, J., & Schicktanz, S. (2014). Making responsible life plans: Attitudes towards the use of genetic testing for late-onset diseases. In G. Werner-Felmayer, S. Schicktanz, & B. Prainsack (Eds.), Genetics as social practice: Transdisciplinary views on science and culture (pp. 181-198). London, UK: Ashgate.

Mordhorst-Mayer, M., Rimon-Zarfaty, N., & Schweda, M. (2013). “Perspectivism” in the Halakhic debate on abortion between Moshe Feinstein and Eliezer Waldenberg: Relations between Jewish medical ethics and socio-cultural contexts. Women in Judaism, 10(2), 1-55.

Rimon-Zarfaty, N., & Jotkowitz, A. (2012). The Israeli abortion committees’ process of decision making: An ethical analysis. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(1): 26-30.

Rimon-Zarfaty, N., Raz, A., & Hashiloni-Dolev, Y. (2011). When does a fetus become a person? An Israeli viewpoint. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Healthcare, 37(4), 216-224.

Full List of Publications (PDF)