Beauty, Bodies and Social Justice – public lecture by Heather Widdows

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Thursday 30th May 2019 (17:00-18:30)
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The 2019 public lecture of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics will be delivered by Professor Heather Widdows on the topic of Beauty, Bodies and Social Justice.

A precise abstract of the talk will be published in Spring 2019, but meanwhile, please find some more information on Heather's work below.

This public lecture is a freestanding event related to the Fifth Annual Conference of the Centre for the Study of Global Ethics (30-31 May 2019, University of Birmingham) on Bodies and Embodiment.

Registration is free and open for all, but it is strongly recommended as places are limited. Tickets are now available via the public lecture Eventbrite webpage.

Heather's work on beauty:

In her recent book Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (Princeton University Press, 2018), Heather Widdows explores the radical transformation of the status of beauty, of the beauty ideal and of what this means for how we understand human beings.

Heather in the media:


Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Impact) at the University of Birmingham. Her books include Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (Princeton University Press, 2018), Global Ethics: An Introduction (Acumen, 2011), The Connected Self: The Ethics and Governance of the Genetic Individual (CUP, 2013), and The Moral Vision of Iris Murdoch (Ashgate, 2005).

Heather is particularly committed to public engagement and work with policy makers. As such she has served as a member of the UK Biobank Ethics and Governance Council (2007-2013), the Philosophy REF-panel (2013-2014) and she is currently a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Venue Information:

We aim to have our events in the most accessible venues on the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham. We will post more info here when we have confirmed the venue (April 2019). Please visit the venue information page of the conference website for general information on how to reach the campus.