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Dr Elselijn Kingma PhD (Cambridge)

Associate Professor

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Dr Elselijn Kingma is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

Between completing her PhD in Cambridge in 2008 and joining Southampton in 2013, Elselijn held positions at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (USA); King's College London, and Cambridge. Elselijn's has research interests in philosophy of medicine, philosophy of biology, metaphysics and applied ethics. From 2016 she is Principal Investigator on a five year, 1.2 million Euro ERC Starting Grant entitled 'Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy'.

Elselijn also has a part-time appointment as Socrates Professor in Philosophy and Technology in the Humanist Tradition, at the University of Eindhoven (NL). Before studying Philosophy, Elselijn obtained undergraduate degrees in Clinical Medicine (2004) and Cognitive & Neuro Psychology (2004) at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.


On research leave, no office hours

Research interests

Elselijn's main research interests are in philosophy of medicine (concepts of health and disease and the epistemology of Evidence Based Medicine); applied ethics (rights, interests and obligations in pregnancy and birth); and metaphysics (the metaphysics of pregnancy, identity and personhood). She has published on these topics in philosophy journals, medical journals, and the popular press, and offers research-based advice to policy makers, professional organisations and other groups involved in the care of pregnant women.

With Dr Fiona Woollard, Elselijn Kingma spearheads the department's research strength in the Philosophy of Pregnancy and Early Motherhood. Elselijn is Principal Investigator on a five year, 1.2 million Euro ERC Starting Grant 'Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy'. She is also heads a public policy project on the rights and obligations of pregnant & birthing women in the Dutch context and, with Fiona Woollard, she managed a research project 'Taking Pregnancy Seriously in Metaphysics, Ethics and Epistemology'.

Affiliate research groups

Ethics, Philosophy of Language, Logic and Metaphysics

Research project(s)

Better Understanding the Metaphysics of Pregnancy (BUMP): Organisms, Identity, Personhood and Persistence

Pregnancy presents us with fascinating philosophical problems: what, during the pregnancy, is the nature of the relationship between the foetus and the maternal organism? What is the relationship between the pregnant organism and the later baby? And when does one person or organism become two? A 1.2 million Euro research grant from the ERC allows Elselijn Kingma and her research team to address these and other questions in a 5 year research project starting in spring 2016.

Philosophy of Pregnancy and Early Motherhood

Dr Elselijn Kingma
Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/1029

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