Being Human Festival 2019: 21st Century Body Panel Discussion with Q&A

Bramall Music Building - Elgar Concert Hall (R12 on campus map)
Thursday 21 November 2019 (18:30-21:00)

Main event organiser: Dr Caroline Gillett.

21st-Century Bodies

Join author and TV broadcaster Alice Roberts (Professor of Public Engagement in Science) as she debates evolving beauty demands and body agency with an interdisciplinary panel of fellow University of Birmingham researchers as part of Being Human Festival 2019. From ever-changing beauty ideals to increasingly complex questions about the property rights of human biomaterials, 21st Century Body offers a participatory, thought-provoking ride through contemporary ethical and moral questions relevant to us all.

Alice will be joined by fellow #birminghamheroes whose research is helping redefine the 21st Century Body, changing how the body & self are seen and understood. This includes:

Professor Heather Widdows (Philosophy): Drawing on her recent book, Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal, Heather will discuss our increasingly visual culture, the beauty demands it places on us and the impact of highly modified bodies becoming regarded as normal or natural.

Professor Muireann Quigley (Law): Research crossing ethics and law will be highlighted to examine whether current policy is fit for purpose, as body ‘property rights’ begin to blur.

Dr Victoria Goodyear (Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences): What challenges and potential does digital technology offer educational practitioners supporting young people’s health and wellbeing?

Please arrive by 18:30. Whilst tickets are free, due to the capacity limitations of the venue you must have an Eventbrite ticket to attend this event. You will need to present your name at the reception desk in the Bramall Music Hall foyer, where your ticket registration will be checked. You do not need to bring a printed ticket.

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We ask that you register each person in your party individually so that we have an accurate count of seats left.

Cancellations: If you can no longer attend please be courteous and cancel your ticket ideally directly through Eventbrite or through emailing - this way we can re-allocate the ticket to someone else. Thank you.

Please Note: Event Photography and Videography will be taking place at this event. This will be used for University of Birmingham promotional purposes. If this is problematic please ahead of the event. For all other queries please contact the main event organiser: Dr Caroline Gillett.

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