MANCEPT Workshops 2023 - Panel: Theories of Justice Applied to Human Enhancement

April 12, 2023 - May 28, 2023
Manchester Centre for Political Theory (MANCEPT), University of Manchester

United Kingdom

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MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory 2023

Panel: Theories of Justice Applied to Human Enhancement

Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th September 2023

2pm to 4pm (local time)




Julia Sichieri Moura (UFPR/Brazil)

Charles Feldhaus (UEL/Brazil)

Murilo Vilaça (Fiocruz/FAPERJ/CNPq/Brazil)

Call for Abstracts:

A main topic in political philosophy are the often conflicting conceptions of justice, the metric and the criteria of distributive justice. In the proposed panel, we aim to apply the theoretical discussion on justice to a practical question that dominates the contemporary practical debate: can accelerated scientific and technological advance be combined with the promotion of fairness in societies or will it produce even more serious social inequities? Our focus on the relationship between techno-scientific progress and justice is specific. We are interested in promoting a debate on a prominent topic in the debate in applied philosophy: Human Enhancement. Our aim is to bring together researchers whose research focus is on theories of justice and, in addition, who take the topic of Human Enhancement as a research object.

In this sense, we welcome applications of proposals that approach Human Enhancement as an idea of promoting changes in the human condition, considering its social implications positive and/or negative in terms of justice. In addition to a generic approach on the topic, applications of specific approaches will be very welcome. That is, we encourage proposals that address:

●       Implications of specific modalities of Human Enhancement: moral, affective, cognitive, physical, cosmetic or longevity.

●       Type of technique used: biomedical/pharmaceutical, machine-based/AI or genetic.

●       Type of application/social domain involved: recreational, educational, workplace, military or healthcare, which may involve case studies.

●       Approaches that work with the results/reports of the SIENNA Project.

In the evaluation and selection process, we will focus on qualitative aspects of the applied proposals, but we will also try to promote a greater variety of the theories of justice addressed, as well as aspects of Human Enhancement.

The panel will be held in three days (September 11th, 12th and 13th) and will consist of up to 12 presentations, 4 each day with 20 minutes of presentation, followed by 10 minutes of discussion.

The authors of the papers presented at the panel will be invited to submit their work for a special issue on “Human Enhancement and Theories of Justice” to be published in a journal or book format.


Proceedings, fees and deadlines

Abstract (up to 500 words, suitable for a 20-minute presentation) submission via:


Key dates:

Abstract submission: until May 28

Results: until June 27


Note that you will need to register for MANCEPT after acceptance to attend this event.

Registration (For All Panels)

Registration for the conference opens in May. Please note that convenors are expected to register (and pay) in the same way as all visiting delegates.


Online attendance:

Academics: £ 45.00

PG: £ 20.00

Non-speaker: £ 15.00


In Person attendance:

Academics: £ 230.00

PG: £ 135.00

Dinner: £ 30



We will offer a small number of fee waiver bursaries. The deadline for bursary applications (available to current graduate students only) will be the 27th June, and successful applicants will be informed by 11th July. Only people accepted to present on a panel should apply for bursaries. Consequently, it would be helpful if you could notify your potential paper-givers of their success before the 27th June, so that they have sufficient time to apply for a bursary. In order to apply for a bursary please send us a few lines outlining your financial situation. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late bursary applications.

Note: Participants that will be via Zoom can count on simultaneous translation (Portuguese/Spanish - English), including to assist in the presentation of the paper, if necessary.

For questions, please contact us by e-mail:

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