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Dr. Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty

Tel.: +49(0)1525-5800650
Mail: rimonn(at)post.bgu.ac.il  |  nitzan.rimon-zarfaty(at)medizin.uni-goettingen.de

Biographical Note

Nitzan Rimon-Zarfaty is a sociologist of medicine and a post-doctoral fellow at the department since August 2016. Her research project titled: TIMEGG: Timing Fertility- A Comparative Analysis of Time Constructions and the Social Practice of Egg-Freezing in Germany and Israel, 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 – which focused on issues of identity and representation in patient's and disability organizations. Furthermore, she served 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. Razand Prof. Dr. Silke Schicktanz)- which examined notions of responsibility in the context of genetic testing and ‘euthanasia’ (end of life care and advance directives).

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)

  • 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

Rimon-Zarfaty, N. and Schweda, M. (Forthcoming) Biological clocks, biographical schedules and generational cycles: Temporality in the ethics of assisted reproduction. Bioethica Forum- accepted for publication.

Rimon-Zarfaty, N. (2018). Parochial Altruism – Insights form a religion sensitive analysis of the Israeli surrogacy and egg-donation legislations. In: S. Mitra, T. Patel, & S. Schicktanz (Eds.), Cross-Cultural Comparisons on Surrogacy and Egg Donation: Interdisciplinary perspectives from India, Germany and Israel (pp. 371-393). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Schicktanz, S., Rimon-Zarfaty, N., Raz, A. and Jongsma, K. (2018). Patient representation and advocacy for Alzheimer disease in Germany and Israel. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 15(3): 369-380.

Raz, A., Jongsma, K., Rimon-Zarfaty, N., Spaeth, E., Bar-Nadav, B., Vaintropov, E. and Schicktanz, S. (2018). Representing autism: Challenges of collective representation in German and Israeli associations for and of autistic people. Social Science & Medicine, 200: 65-72.

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 Healthcare37(4), 216-224.

Full List of Publications (PDF)