Healthcare as a Public Space:

Social Integration and Social Diversity in the Context of Access to Healthcare in Europe

Healthcare, understood as a medical space, is an excellent example of a public space that models the processes of social integration and social equity. In a general sense, healthcare can connect diverse groups of a society under the common idea of health and illness. However, depending on its organization, it can also influence societal segregation of minority groups. Although the issues of minorities’ equality are central to European Institutions, European guidelines are mostly still not observed in the national legal regulations and healthcare practice.

The project will be realized in cooperation of four universities:

Prof. Dr. Florian Steger

Institute of the History, Philosophy and Ethics of Medicine
Ulm University

Prof. Dr. Zvonka Zupanič-Slavec

Institute of History of Medicine
University of Ljubljana

Prof. Dr. Amir Muzur

Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities,
University of Rijeka

Prof. Dr. Paweł Łuków

Faculty of Philosophy
Center for Bioethics and Biolaw
University of Warsaw


The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), National Science Centre, Poland (Project No. 2018/28/Z/HS1/00554), Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia/The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport from the funds of the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) under HERA Public Spaces: Culture and Integration in Europe Programme (2019–2022) and the European Commission in the scope of the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 769478.

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