Man and Superman (Volume II): Human Enhancement in Film and Television


Due to great interest in our previous call for abstracts for Man and

Superman: Human Enhancement in Fiction, we have decided to open up the call for abstracts to a second volume of Man and Superman that focuses on enhancement in film and television. We have already received a number of emails asking about the inclusion of film and thus we are preparing to develop the volumes in tandem.


We humans have always dreamt of overcoming the limitations that nature imposes on us, of acquiring abilities that go far beyond anything currently possible, and of being so strong, clever, and superior that we can achieve anything we want. We’ve also dreamed of even conquering death. Modern technology, we imagine, will one day grant us everything we have ever dreamt of: superhuman strength, unlimited knowledge and understanding, hitherto unimaginable pleasures, and a life that will extend indefinitely into an increasingly glorious posthuman future.

These dreams have been championed and critiqued in films since the beginning of the moving picture era and especially in television series from the 1970s to the present.


We are inviting contributions to a planned volume on “Human Enhancement in Film and Television”, in which several publishers have indicated an interest. Articles should engage a film or television series that addresses some aspect of radical human enhancement. Titles can be chosen from the following tentative list, but other suggestions are welcome: Gattaca, Tron, Terminator, Wall-E, I Robot, A.I., Blade Runner, The Matrix (series), eXistenZ, Surrogates, Splice, Frankenstein, Batman: The Dark Night, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Stepford Wives, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind, The Bionic Man, The Hulk, Star Trek (Film and TV), Dr. Who, Inception, Robocop, Sarah Connor Cronicles and many more.


The editors Dr. Michael Hauskeller (Exeter) and Dr. Thomas Philbeck, and Dr. Curtis Carbonell (New York Institute of Technology) are active in the research of human enhancement, trans- and posthumanism.


Abstract Deadline of March 1st, 2012:

Please send an abstract of 200-400 words and a short bio to Dr. Curtis

Carbonell: [email protected].