Visiting scholar Dr. Caesar Atuire
July 24th 2018
The team at Oxford have the privilege of hosting Dr. Caesar Atuire for 6 weeks through the AfOx Visiting Scholars Programme. Dr. Atuire is an accomplished lecturer in Philosophy and Classics at the University of Ghana, with a wealth of expertise in African perspectives of ethics, personhood, and intercultural and interreligious dialogues. Dr. Atuire has a forthcoming book co-edited with Augustine Frimpong-Mansoh, Bioethics in Africa: Theories and Praxis (Vernon Press, 2018). He also takes an active role in the application of ethics, serving as a member of the Ethics Committee for Basic & Applied Sciences (ECBAS) reviewing the ethical conduct of research.
Dr. Atuire is committed to the expansion of the African bioethics field, as he organised the first International Conference on Bioethics at the University of Ghana, and is currently leading the newly established West African Multi-disciplinary Bioethics Centre at the University of Ghana. NeuroGenE is delighted to collaborate with Dr. Atuire and support the establishment of this centre, alongside other institutions such as the University of Northern Kentucky, the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences in Bonn, and the National Institute for Health in Washington.
In addition to Dr. Atuire’s impressive academic profile, he is the Founder and President of a Non-Governmental Organisation, Amicus Onlus. This organisation provides healthcare and vocational skills training to marginalised communities in Central and Western regions of Ghana, reaching approximately 30,000 Ghanaians each year.
Dr. Atuire and Dr. Lily Kpobi of the University of Stellenbosch / University of Ghana, and Ms. Manku, Research Assistant at NeuroGenE, are currently collaborating on an empirical and philosophical project which hopes to capture attitudes and explore the normative value frameworks towards people with psychosis depending on the different streams of mental health care in Ghana, including Western psychiatry, traditional beliefs and herbal medicine, and religious faith healing.