Monthly Archives: September 2016

Thanks to all members, fellows and experts involved.

Senior fellow network members

Prof. Dr. Gert Pickel, Political Scientist and Sociologist, Institute for Practical Theology, Chair in the Sociology of Religion and Churches, University of Leipzig

Prof. Dr. Annette Schnabel, Sociologist, Chair in General Sociology and specialist in sociologies of religion, knowledge and gender, Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf


Member list

Edurne Bartolomé-Peral, Associate professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences, University of Deusto, Bilbao Spain

Joachim Cohen,  Full professor of ‘A public health approach to palliative and end-of-life care’ at Vrije Universiteit Brussels within the End-of-Life Care Research Group

Mira Hassan, Sociologist, PhD candidate, Heinrich-Heine-University of Düsseldorf

Dr. Anja Hennig, Political Scientist, researcher, Chair of Comparative Politics, European University Viadrina at Frankfurt/Oder; research fields: comparative morality politics and religion

Anne-Katrin Henseler, Psychologist, PhD candidate at University of Bielefeld

Jonas Jansen, Palliative Care, PhD candidate at University Hospital of Düsseldorf

Dr. Constantin Klein, Psychologist and Theologian, researcher at University of Bielefeld

Anna Lindblad, MD PhD, specialist in Psychiatry at Norra Stockholms Psykiatri and researcher in Medical Ethics at Stockholm Center for Healthcare Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Dr. Caroline Preidel, Political Scientist, Researcher, project MORAPOL (Comparative Analysis of Moral Policy Change), Geschwister Scholl Institut, L.-Maximilians-University of Munich

Elena Prutskova, Sociologist, Researcher at Sociology of Religion Research Seminar, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, Moscow

Maksim Rudnev, Senior Research Fellow at Laboratory of Comparative Studies of Mass Consciousness, and Associate Professor at National Research University Higher School of Economics

Prof. Dr. Sabine Salloch, Medical Ethicist, Head of the Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Greifswald

Ivett Szalma, PhD, Sociologist, post-doctoral fellow, FORS, Lausanne

Raül Tormos Marin, PhD, Political Scientist, Dr. Raül Tormos, Political Scientist and Sociologist, senior survey researcher at the official Catalan polling institute (Centre d’Estudis d’Opinió) and lecturer at the University of Barcelona

Dr. Malina Voicu, Sociologist, Senior Researcher at the Department Data Archive for the Social Sciences, Team International Surveys, GESIS Cologne



Invited experts (who attended at least one of to the five network meetings*)

PD Dr. Hermann Dülmer, Sociologist, University of Cologne (currently on leave, substitute professor of Social Research Methods, Julius-Maximilians-University of Würzburg)

Dr. Ruth Horn, Sociologist, Researcher, Nuffield Department of Population Health, Ethox Centre Oxford

Prof. Dr. Christoph Knill, Chair in Empirical Theories of Politics, Head of Comparative Analysis of Moral Policy Change, Geschwister Scholl Institut, L.-Maximilians-University of Munich

Prof. Sonia Roccas, PhD, Psychologist, Open University of Israel, Ra’anana

PD Dr. med. Jan Schildmann, M.A., Medical Ethicist, Head of Section Ethics and Evidence in Healthcare, Institute for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Ruhr University of Bochum

Prof. Dr. Peter Schmidt, Methodologist and Political Scientist, RU-HSE, Moscow and Gießen

Dr. med. Christian Schulz, MSc, Palliative Care Researcher, King’s College London

Prof. Heinz Streib, PhD, Theologian, Research Center for Biographical Studies in Contemporary Religion, University of Bielefeld

5th and final meeting in Cologne, March 2016

“Preparing the stage 2 application for the ESS rotating module “

The 1st stage application for an ESS rotating module on “Boundaries of life” was successful. It was selected as 8 out of 22 applications.

During this 5th meeting the network members and senior fellows have prepared the stage 2 application.


Beginning- and end-of-life issues (BELISS)

Explaining attitudes towards assisted reproduction and assisted dying in Europe

Researchers have analysed modernisation processes and human development in Europe according to a range of value preferences and attitudes. Due to advances in medicine and the structural ageing of European societies, recent social science publications indicate a rising relevance of beginning- and end-of-life issues, henceforth BELISS (Aksoy 2007; Hendry et al. 2013; Lizza 2010). These issues concern the moral and political questions around birth and death, reproduction and dying and the growing interest in these issues in the context of modernisation, morality policies, and welfare state systems (Engeli et al. 2012; Ekland-Olsen 2015; Knill et al. 2015; Seale 2000). The proposed module would provide a multi-level framework for explaining differences in attitudes within and between countries towards BELISS by introducing innovative measures and addressing audiences in various fields of the social sciences.