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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: Timing Fertility: A Comparative Analysis of Time Constructions and the Social Practice of Egg-Freezing in Germany and Israel (TIMEGG), is a comparative cross-cultural German-Israeli study of temporality constructions in the biomedical context of social egg freezing. For this project she was granted with the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual-Fellowship (IF), Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, the European Commission [grant agreement No. 749889] (February 2018- January 2020), and the Minerva Stiftung Post-Doctoral Fellowship (August 2016- January 2018).

She was previously a project coordinator in the OPARA research project, as well as a research fellow 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)