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Dr. Solveig Lena Hansen

Tel.: +49(0)551-39 9316
Mail: shansen(at)
Room: 2.112


Biografical Note

In 2007, I joined the Department of Medical Ethics and the History of Medicine, where I have developed my research interests at the intersection of communication and bioethics. 

I currently am a research fellow 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, 2014-2016 and 2018-2020). I was also Co-PI and research fellow in the project ClinhiPS  - A Scientific, Ethical and Comparative Legal Analysis of the Clinical Application of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells in Germany and Austria (funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, 2016-2018).

My 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, Funding: German Research Foundation). I was a visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz (Austria) 2013/2014 and at the Austrian Unit of the Network of Institutions for Medical Ethics Education, Medical University Innsbruck (Austria) 2018.

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

Complete CV

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

09/2017: Academy for Medical Ethics Award for best publication by a junior researcher for the paper: "Dystopia and method: on the fictional negotiation of moral beliefs in bioethics"

12/2013: Foundation Council of Göttingen University Award for the film series "complex conflicts", category: science communication (together with Sabine Woehlke


Featured Publications:

Hansen, SL (2019): 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 (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,

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

Hansen, SL; Gruhlich, J; Hofmann, S (eds.) (since 2018): Gender<ed> Thoughts. New Perspectives in Gender Research. Working Paper Series, open access:

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 Humanities1, 157-169.