Lincoln Leads 2020: Are We Entitled to Choose How We Die?

Lincoln College invites you to attend the Lincoln Leads Seminar Series 2020.

The Philosophy seminar in the series explores the question: Are We Entitled to Choose How We Die?

All tickets are free, but must be booked in advance at Eventbrite:

Dr Maria Stamatopoulou (Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford)
Dr Amy Proffitt (Medical Director in Palliative Medicine at St Christopher’s)
Selina Abächerli (MSc, Social Anthropology)

Madeline Ketley (MPhil in Classical Archaeology)

When: Thursday, 30th January, 5.45 – 7pm. Wine Reception from 5.15pm
Where: Oakeshott Room, Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford


The Lincoln Leads Seminar Series 2020 takes place on Thursday evenings during Hilary term at Lincoln College, Oxford. Each panel features an Alumnus/na, a Fellow, and a Student of the College, who will respond to a topical question linked to their research or professional experience. Following a wine reception at 5pm, each seminar will start at 5.45pm, culminating in a lively Q&A session. We have a fantastic group of panellists scheduled for the series, who aim to invite non-specialist audiences into their spheres of expertise. We therefore hope that you are eager to join them in conversation, and learn more about the exciting and diverse research connected to Lincoln.

Please see below for further details of our speakers:

Maria Stamatopoulou is Associate Professor in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford and Fellow and Tutor in Classical Archaeology at Lincoln College. She studied History, Archaeology, and History of Art at the University of Athens before moving to Oxford to complete her Master of Studies in Archaeology and DPhil in Classical Archaeology at Somerville. Her research interests are in Gree Archaeology from the Archaic to Late Hellenistic periods (7th-1st centuries B.C.), with a focus on Thessaly and Macedonia; her doctoral thesis examined the Classical and Hellenistic funerary archaeology of the region. Dr. Stamatopoulou is the author of numerous publications, including Dining and Death: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the ‘Funerary Banquet’ in Ancient Art, Burial, and Belief (2016) and From Alcestis to Archidike: Thessalian Attitudes to Death and the Afterlife (2018).

Amy Proffitt is Deputy Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London; she also serves as Vice President of the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland and as an Honorary Consultant at Kings College Hospital. She received her M.D. from the University of Oxford in 2004 and undertook further training in haematology before discovering a passion for palliative medicine. Committed to the mentorship of junior doctors and medical students, Dr. Proffitt also received a Master’s in Medical Education from Nottingham University. She works closely with the Royal College of Physicians as the Ambitions for End of Life Care representative and serves as a representative for the NHS England End of Life Programme Board. She speaks regularly at national conferences and has produced publications on the topic of assisted death and palliative medicine.

Selina Abächerli studied Social Anthropology and Classics as an undergraduate at the University of Bern, Switzerland, and is now pursuing a Master of Science in Social Anthropology at Oxford. Her research interests include the study of social institutions and how institutional knowledge affects the perception of human life. She is particularly interested in the development of the specialist narratives that form the foundation of practices of state regulation and intervention, such as in welfare policies, and the tension between individuals and institutions. She has conducted ethnographic research in Assam and Delhi, connecting studies of mental health actors with discourses of transnational epidemiology. For the MSc, Selina aims to develop a theoretical framework to engage with law-making processes in Sri Lanka and to analyse the empirical relationship of these processes to constitutional law.