CALL FOR PAPERS- MANCEPT 2017- Bio-Hackers, Home Made Cyborgs and Body Modifications: A New Frontier for Ethics and Policy

Convenors:

Joseph Roberts-University of Manchester, David Lawrence-Newcastle University

 

A series of panels on biohacking, enhancement, and their regulatory implications, taking place as part of MANCEPT 2017 at the University of Manchester, September 11-13, 2017

Technologies are increasingly being incorporated into the body. ‘Grinder’ and biohacking movements are gaining momentum as more and more individuals are beginning to practice increasingly extreme body modifications; using technology to enhance, extend and modify the capabilities of the human body. Amal Graafstra has incorporated Near Field Communication Chips (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification Chips (RDIF) into his hands in order to enable him to access his home, office and car without the use of keys and access password protected websites and hardware in a secure manner. Tim Cannon implanted a prototype (Circadia) that collected and transmitted biometric data wirelessly to a smartphone under his skin, enabling him to closely monitor his body temperature. A consumer friendly version of Circadia is being developed that will allow measurement of blood glucose and blood oxygen levels as well as blood pressure and temperature. Other biohackers have implanted magnets in their fingertips to sense magnetic fields (giving them a form of sixth sense) and into their tragi to transmit sound directly into the ears. Naltrexone (an opioid receptor antagonist) implants can be inserted into the lower abdomen in order to aid recovery in opioid addicts by precluding individuals from experiencing the effects of drugs like heroin and morphine. Developments such as these offer tantalising possibilities in terms of convenience, privacy, our relationship to and experience of the natural world, and increased health; but also bring with them significant ethical questions concerning our relationship to our bodies, the limits of consent, and the role of doctors (and other professionals working in clinical and periclinical scenarios).

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Invitation to workshop: World Government or Else?

WORLD GOVERNMENT OR ELSE?

The world is encountering several global challenges: climate change, global injustice, and war particularly stand out. Some think that there is only one adequate answer to these challenges: to create a world state that governs the entire globe. Others think that creating a world state is not a good idea for different reasons: it is unrealistic (given as the world it is now dominated by territorial nation states); it is undesirable (it could lead to global tyranny and/or force upon humanity a homogeneity that we don’t want); it is ineffective (there are other solutions to these problems, such as stronger nation states, supra-national organizations, stronger regional cooperation). This two-day workshop (June 13, 2017 – June 14, 2017) will examine the question whether we need a world government (and in what form), both from theoretical and from empirical angles.

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CFP: Confucian Political Theory (MANCEPT Workshops)

Confucian Political Theory

MANCEPT Workshops 2017,

Monday 11 September to Wednesday 13 September 

Conveners: Elton Chan (Yale-NUS College), Larry Lai (University of Hong Kong) and Baldwin Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

 Call for Abstract

In recent years there has been an increasing interest among Anglo-American political theorists in comparing the diverse ways of how the Western and Chinese thinkers address political issues. Several academic publishers (such as Cambridge University Press and Princeton University Press) and journals (such as European Journal of Political Theory 15(4)) begin to publish books and articles about Confucianism. Unlike the past generation of thinkers, such as Theodore de Bary and Tu Wei Ming, who aimed to show that Confucianism is not necessarily tied to authoritarianism but in many ways compatible with western liberal democratic values, some contemporary political theorists (Jiang 2012, Bell 2006, 2016) argue that Confucianism offers a distinctive alternative to liberal democracy, which enables us to reflect on the liberal democratic values that are usually taken for granted. While some political theorists do recognize liberal democratic values, they believe that Confucianism can offer insights to revolve problems that worry current liberal democratic societies (Chan 2014, Angle 2012). The growing body of literature can be found in these years.

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Two New Books: Ethical Issues in Poverty Alleviation & Ethics and the Endangerment of Children’s Bodies

The Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, is happy to announce the publication of two new books by its members in political philosophy.

Ethics and the Endangerment of Children’s Bodies (Palgrave Macmillan 2017)

by Gunter Graf & Gottfried Schweiger

This book addresses the endangerment of children’s bodies in affluent societies. Bodily integrity is an important part of a child’s physical and mental well-being, but it can also be violated through various threats during childhood; not only affecting physical health but also causing mental damage and leading to distortions in the development of the self. The authors give an account of three areas, which present different serious dangers: (1) body and eating, (2) body and sexuality, and (3) body and violence. Through an in-depth examination of the available theoretical and empirical knowledge, as well as a thorough ethical analysis, the central injustices in the mentioned areas are identified and the agents with responsibilities towards children displayed. The authors conclude by providing invaluable insight into the necessity of an ethical basis for policies to safeguard children and their bodies.

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Registration Open: 2017 Workshop in Philosophy & Poverty: Poverty and Human Dignity

The program of the 2017 Salzburg Workshop in Philosophy & Poverty on the topic of Poverty and Humand Dignity is now online! The workshop will take place at the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg on 1 and June 2017. Draft papers will be shared among all participants in advance.

Guests welcome but please register via e-mail until 15 May 2017 at gottfried.schweiger[a]sbg.ac.at.

More info here: http://www.workshop-poverty-philosophy.org/

Thursday, 1 June 2017, 10.00- 17:45

H.P.P. [Hennie] Lötter (University of Johannesburg): Poverty and Human Dignity

Christian Neuhäuser (Technical University Dortmund): Poverty, dignity and self-respect

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Summer school “Equality and Citizenship IV”

Summer School Equality and Citizenship

First call

The Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe, the University of Rijeka and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Rijeka are organizing a summer school on equality and citizenship from July 3rd to July 7th, 2017, in Rijeka (Croatia).

The summer school does not reproduce, in a diluted form, the familiar teaching format of a university course. Instead, it is organized around “Author-Meets-Critics” symposia dedicated to some distinguished authors’ publications and work-in-progress. All the leading participants will give a paper on a topic on which they are working at the moment, and will reply to the papers given by scholars who participate in the symposia dedicated to them, and will be available for informal discussion. The leading participants are:

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