Funder(s): Wellcome Trust
Researcher(s): David Lawrence, Shawn Harmon and Gill Haddow

Description:
The Costumed Visions of the Enhanced Body project, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is a collaboration between the Institute for Science Ethics and Innovation at the University of Manchester, and the JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law at the University of Edinburgh. It will explore comics portrayals of the enhanced body, engaging with questions such as:

    • What do the depicted enhancements say about current ideas of treatment and enhancement?
    • How are different embodiments treated, and what does that say about value or values?
    • How is science and technology portrayed, and are comics useful for science communication?

On 16 September 2015, at the Manchester Meeting Place, the project team (David Lawrence, Shawn Harmon, Gill Haddow) joined with other interested contributors (including Professor Scott Bukatman, Mr Dan Abnett, Professor Andy Miah, Dr Simon Locke, Mr Alan Cowsill, Mr Mik Scarlet, Dr David Kirby, Dr Thomas Giddens, and Dr Yasemin Erden) to undertake an interdisciplinary discussion around these questions. It provided a unique lens through which to focus on persistent academic debates about embodiment and the ethics and regulation of enhancement.


Recent Blog Posts

Sticking to the script? Superheroes, enhancement, and the challenge of steering technologies in socially desirable ways – Part 2
By Michael Morrison, Oxford, HeLEX

Sticking to the script? Superheroes, enhancement, and the challenge of steering technologies in socially desirable ways – Part 1
By Michael Morrison, Oxford, HeLEX

From superheroes to science fiction: Archetypes of enhancement in British comics
By Michael Morrison, Oxford, HeLEX

Costumed Visions Network Launch
By Shawn Harmon, David Lawrence, and Gill Haddow