Narratives, uncertainty and subjectivity in the context of regenerative medicine


  • María José Miranda Suárez University of Oviedo: Oviedo, Asturias, Spain


Palabras clave:

Bioeconomy, donors, public health, regenerative medicine


The emergence of bio-economies and debates about what biomaterials can be used in stem cell research are shaping subjectivities and identities in biomedicine today. Narratives of neoliberal nation-states often emphasise the idea that responsibility for health problems lies directly with the citizenry, while social safety nets are increasingly reduced. This creates a sense of security for citizens by endorsing certain therapeutic promises that semiotically disconnect the material conditions of uncertainty in which these cell therapy technologies are developed. In this respect, the study of the discursive practices associated with these technologies introduces a new performative understanding of the concept of health in regenerative medicine


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Biografía del autor/a

María José Miranda Suárez, University of Oviedo: Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

A graduate in Philosophy (University of Oviedo / Uviéu, 2004), she completed her studies with the Benito Feijoo End of Degree Award. Thanks to the funding provided by the CSIC Introduction to Research Scholarships, the Ramón Areces Foundation Predoctoral Scholarship and the CSIC I3P Predoctoral Scholarship and Contract.

She was able to complete his Inter-University Doctoral Degree in Logic and Philosophy of Science under the supervision of Eulalia Pérez Sedeño at the Institute of Philosophy of the CSIC, graduating cum laude from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2013. During this time, she has also specialised in gender and techno-scientific communication with the European Mobility Scholarship of the PRIME Network of Excellence (2007), developed at the Department of Science, Technology, Health and Policy Studies at the University of Twente. (Netherlands). At the same time, he continued his studies with a Masters in Journalism and Science Communication at UNED in 2009. He also collaborated with the Department of Sociology of the Federal University of Pernambuco in his research on the pathologisation of suffering in contemporary times in 2013. He currently teaches subjects in Aesthetics in the Philosophy degree and several subjects in the Interuniversity Master in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the University of Oviedo / Uviéu, the University of Salamanca and the Universitat Politècnica de València. He also collaborates in the research project Praxeology of Scientific Culture. Concepts and dimensions of the University of Oviedo / Uviéu (FFI2017-82217-C2-1-P).



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Miranda Suárez MJ. Narratives, uncertainty and subjectivity in the context of regenerative medicine. Magna Sci. UCEVA [Internet]. 1 de diciembre de 2023 [citado 22 de mayo de 2024];3(2):150-5. Disponible en:



Estudios Sociales de la Salud (Social Studies of Health)