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Dr. phil. Solveig Lena Hansen

Research interests

  • Narrative Bioethics
  • Cloning / Stem Cells
  • Otherness and Alterity
  • Ethical Aspects of Health Communication
  • Organ Transplantation

Biographical note

Solveig Lena joined the Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine already in 2007 as a student assistant. 

She currently is a Research Fellow in the Project ClinhiPS (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research); and in the project: "I would prefer not to“ – Organ donation between unease and criticism. A sociological and ethical analysis (funded by the German Research Foundation).

Solveig was a doctoral scholarship-holder at the DFG-Research Training Group "Dynamics of Space and Gender" in Kassel/Göttingen 2010-2013. Furthermore, her PhD was funded by a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz (Austria) 2013/2014.

Her doctoral research topic was Alterity as a Cultural Challenge of Cloning. A Reconstruction of Literary and Bioethical Negotiations. The thesis was submitted at Göttingen University in 2014 and defended in 2015 (subject: Bioethics).

Solveig studied Comparative Literature, Scandinavian Studies, and Gender Studies at Göttingen University (Germany) and Uppsala University (Sweden) 2005-2010. The titel of her master thesis was: Required Life. Literary Representations of Organ Donation and their Assessment in Reviews.

Complete CV

      Featured Publications

      Hansen, SL (2018): Family Resemblances: Human Reproductive Cloning as an Example for Reconsidering the Mutual Relationships Between Bioethics and Science Fiction. Bioethical Inquiry, DOI: 10.1007/s11673-018-9842-0

      Pfaller, L; Hansen, SL; Adloff, F; Schicktanz, S (2018): ‘Saying No to Organ Donation’: an Empirical Typology of Reluctance and Rejection, Sociology of Health and Illness (accepted for publication).  

      Hansen, SL (2018): Otherness, Cloning, and Morality in John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), in: A Bammé, G Getzinger, T Berger: Yearbook 2014 of the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society, Munich/Vienna (forthcoming)

      Hansen, SL; Eisner, MI; Pfaller, L; Schicktanz, S (2017): ‘Are you in or are you out?!’ Moral Appeals in Public Poster Campaigns - a Multimodal and Ethical Analysis. Health Communication, DOI:10.1080/10410236.2017.1331187

      Schicktanz, S; Pfaller, L; Hansen, SL; Boos, M (2017): Attitudes towards brain death and conceptions of the body in relation to willingness or reluctance to donate: results of a student survey before and after the German transplantation scandals and legal changes. Journal of Public Health, DOI: 10.1007/s10389-017-0786-3

      Hansen, SL; Wöhlke, S (2016): Contrasting Medical Technology with Deprivation and Social Vulnerability. Lessons for the Ethical Debate on Cloning and Organ Transplantation through the film Never Let Me Go. Nanoethics 10, 3, 245-256

      Hansen, SL; Cronjäger, C (2015): Transcending the Spatialized Other in and through Jeanette Winterson’s ‘The Stone Gods’, Global Humanities 1, 157-169

      Complete List of Publications and Talks