Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (Oct 2014 to Sept 2016)
This fellowship supports the completion of a monograph Perfect Me!. ‘Perfect me!’ can be read in a number of ways: as an individual’s aspiration to perfect themselves (‘I want to be perfect’), as assertion of what being perfect is (‘this is what I would be if I were perfect’), and as a command which a woman feels she should obey (‘you should be perfect’).
Perfect Me! explores all of these meanings, with particular focus on the moral element that each reading implies: the first, that being perfect is worth having; the second, a judgement that this is what perfection is; and the third, a moral imperative to attain it.
In addition to analysing the ideal of perfection as it is manifested in the dominant beauty ideal as a moral ideal, Professor Widdows will critique the current reliance on individual choice and consent in determining the ethics of beauty practices. She will also focus on the picture of the moral self which underlies this ideal and suggest that there is a shift from identification of the self with the physical/observed body to the imagined body.
Ethics and the War on Terror. ESRC-funded seminar series (Oct 06-Oct 08).
Co-organiser with Dr Gillian Youngs (University of Leicester) and Professor Simon Caney (University of Oxford).
Faiths and Development project. DIFD funded (March 2005-2010).
Co-applicant, Project Leader is Professor Carole Rakodi, International Development Department. A large scale programme consisting of a number of connected projects involving departments from across the University (including those of International Development, Theology and Education) and with UK and international partners from across Asia and Africa. Leader of the concept project cross-cutting theme of the programme. www.rad.bham.ac.uk
TISS.EU (Evaluation of Legislation and Related Guidelines on the Procurement, Storage and Transfer of Human Tissues and Cells in the European Union an Evidence-Based Impact Analysis)
Co-applicant, EC-funded, 3 years, starting 2008. Lead applicant from the Department for Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Goettingen, Germany. Other co-applicants are the Medical Law and Bioethics Group, Institute for German and European Private and Commercial Law, University of Hanover, Germany; Stockholm Bioethics Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden; Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Fondazione Lanza, Padova, Italy; Forensic & Legal Medicine, School of Medicine and Medical Science, National University of Ireland, Dublin; Centre de Recherche Droit, Sciences et Techniques, Universitê Paris 1, France; Institute of Bio-Law Legal Pathways, Aerdenhout, Netherlands; and Dept. of Medical History and Ethics, Vilnius University, Lithuani
Watch a sample lecture by Heather Widdows
Watch Heather Widdows's talk "Perfect Me!" from Hay Festival, 2014