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Beyond the Body? Perspectives on Enhancement

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Centre for Social Ethics and Policy (CSEP)

9 - 11 April 2010
Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Manchester

This conference explored new bioethical, sociological, technological, and legal approaches to human enhancement. There was a particular emphasis on cybertechnologies and what it means to b e a mechanised human. By approaching the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective including science, philosophy and sociology delegates and speakers discussed a wide range of themes encompassed by this subject.

Conference Sessions

Perspectives on Enhancement in Popular Culture

Professor Inez De Beaufort
Professor of Health Care Ethics, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam

Neuroethics and Cognitive Enhancement
Chair: Dr Catherine Rhodes

Dr Jens Clausen
Medizinische Fakultät, Institute des Universitätsklinikums, Germany
Brain-Machine Interfacing and Human Enhancement

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley
Professor of Medical and Family Sociology, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR), University of Edinburgh
Engaging with neuroscience: examining neurological subjectivity and what this means for debates about enhancement technologies

Professor Maartje Schermer
Associate Professor, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Botox for the brain? Some perspectives on psychopharmaceutical cognitive enhancement

Bodies and Boundaries
Chair: Dr Rebecca Bennett

Dr Stefan Sorgner
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Erfurt, Germany
Enhancement, Cyborgs and the Dissolution of the Subject

Dr Melanie Latham
The Institute of Culture, Gender & the City Faculty of Humanities, Law & Social Science Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
Gender theory and body enhancement: cyborgs and cyberwomen

Professor Marie Fox
Professor of Law, School of Law, Keele University
Enhancement, Integrity and Animal/Human Boundary

We/Robots?
Chair: Dr Iain Brassington

Dr Mark Gasson
Senior Research Fellow, Schools of Systems Engineering, University of Reading
From pervasive to invasive: our future with technology

Dr Andrew Jackson
Institute of neuroscience, Medical School, Newcastle University
Making New Connections: Neural Plasticity at the Brain Machine Interface

Moral Enhancement
Chair: Professor John Harris

Dr Tom Douglas
Programme on Ethics of the New Biosciences, The University of Oxford
Enhancement and Unjust Harm

Dr Cinara Nahra
Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation, The University of Manchester
Enhancement, evolution and immortality

Dr Katrien Devolder
Bioethics Institute Ghent (BIG), Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
Wide Procreative Beneficence and Moral Enhancement

Machine Minds
Chair: Dr Annabelle Lever

Dr Anders Sandberg
Faculty of Philosophy, The Future of Humanity Institute, The University of Oxford
Beyond the skull: extended minds, neural interfaces and brain emulations

Dr Susan Stuart
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, The Faculty of Arts Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow
Boundaries? There are only illusions

Dr James Hughes
Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut
When is Enhancement like a Gun? Limits on Enhancement in a Liberal Democratic Society

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