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What is "Being Human?"

The research network ‘Being Human: Medicine and the Human Sciences’ brings together Warwick University researchers to share expertise with reference to the question, ‘What, if anything, is distinctive about being human? It aims at providing opportunities to think creatively across disciplines and faculties about the different ways in which knowledge of the human subject has been produced and disseminated in the past and present. The network members also want to consider how to enhance their research findings in this and related areas by translating them into policy and practice at local, national and international levels.

Co-operation to find new ways to think through and act upon the question of human existence is particularly urgent now. Due to the rapid advances in the bio-medical sciences and biotechnology human life is increasingly driven and mediated by technology and technological change with profound implications for human identity and behaviour. These developments require responses and critical investigations from more than one academic discipline or faculty. The network offers a forum for researchers from the humanities, social sciences, medicine and the natural sciences to debate how these developments shape contemporary moral and political economy and socio-cultural landscape in new and powerful ways.

The network aims at identifying new collaborative research projects and methodologies to address these challenges. Central to the network’s working agenda is the understanding that answers to the overarching question ‘What is distinct, if anything, about being human? have to be sought not only in an interdisciplinary fashion but also in relation to historical knowledge, to what people in the past have thought and said about being human and how this past knowledge continues to shape contemporary debate on the subject.

Steering Comittee Members:

The members of the steering committee come from all three faculties of the University of Warwick to provide the widest grasp of expertise and intellectual inspiration.

Dr Claudia Stein (History / Centre for the History of Medicine)
Professor Steve Fuller (Sociology)
Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson (Philosophy)
Professor Beat Kumin (History)
Dr Nick Lee (Institute of Education)
Dr Antje Lindenmeyer (Warwick Medical School)
Professor Franklyn Lisk (Cenrte for Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation)
Dr Julie Roberts (Warwick Medical School)
Professor Sarah Stewart-Brown (Warwick Medical School)
Professor Julian Webb (School of Law)
Dr Andrew Williams (School of Law)