Saturday, October 23, 2010

Exploring Human Enhancement - Conference

at The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
April 8-9, 2011
Renaissance Hotel, Richardson Texas

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology invites submissions of abstracts of up to 250 words exploring ethical, cultural, humanistic explorations and evaluations of human enhancement, from existing and emerging technologies to speculative technologies. We are especially interested in submissions relating to interdisciplinary work and on new developments in the field. With this in mind, we invite submissions from philosophers, scholars in arts, literature, bioethics, cultural studies, and from scientists and technologists who take a humanistic perspective on their studies. Each author should only submit one proposal. Proposals for group presentations, panels, and workshops with innovative formats are also welcome.

Keynote Speakers:

• Linda Hogle, Professor of Medical Social Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison
• Maxwell J. Mehlman, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Proposals might, for example, relate to the following aspects of human enhancement:

• Artificial intelligence and post/transhumanism
• Cyborgs and human nature
• Enhancement technology, art, and human experience
• Science & technology studies and human enhancement
• Feminist approaches to human enhancement
• Disability, prosthesis, and enhancement
• Ethics in medical practices and research related to enhancement
• The treatment-enhancement / therapy-enhancement distinction
• Artistic and literary representations of human enhancement
• Enhancement, capitalism, and consumer culture
• For or against human perfection
• Technological determinism and transhumanism
• Research funding priorities – enhancement, treatment, prevention
• Politics of science and technology & human enhancement
• Human enhancement, discrimination, and human rights
• Technologies of empowerment vs. technologies of exploitation
• Limits and regulations on research and development of enhancement technology
• Parental responsibilities, designer babies, and fetal consent
• Patenting genetic enhancements
• Health care equality and human enhancement
• Human enhancement for military uses

Submissions should be in the form of a 250 word abstract.
Submission Deadline: November 19, 2010.

Send submissions to:

Conference website can be found at:

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