12. November 2020 - 19:00 till 21:00

Costumed Visions, Online, Thursday, 12. November 2020

Exploring attitudes to the body, ability, disability and identity through superheroes and other popular depictions

About this Event

Superheroes are everywhere today- and they show no sign of slowing down. The things we watch and read shape how we feel about the human body and what it might become in ways we might not even notice, with idealised shapes and new transhuman abilities becoming more and more unremarkable. Or are they? Once we start to think about superhero abilities being real, do we always think as positively about them as when they’re just an (amazing) fantasy?

Join us for an evening of discussion with experts in bioethics and physiology examining what these interactions of technology with society tell us about our attitudes to the body, ability, disability, and identity. We will look at how these new kinds of body are represented across comics and films, challenge some preconceptions, and answer your questions about the future of the body.

Pre-reading and viewing ideas will be provided before the event.

This event is part of the Being Human Festival and is organised by the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society at the University of Edinburgh as part of their Visualizing Bodies series. It is run in partnership with ScotSci.


Thursday, 12. November 2020, Online, Costumed Visions

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