Costumed Visions

An evening of discussion with experts in bioethics and physiology exploring attitudes to the body, ability, disability and identity through superheroes and other popular depictions.

Costumed Visions

About Costumed Visions

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.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Costumed Visions are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment. All information (whether in text or photographs) is given in good faith but should not be relied upon as being a statement of representation or fact.

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