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.

Other Events at Various Venues or University of Edinburgh

Duncan Chisholm

Duncan Chisholm

7th August 2021

Dubbed ‘the new sound of traditional Scotland’, fiddle player Duncan Chisholm plays authentic Highland music accompanied by a selection of Scottish artists.
Read more

Ronald Brautigam, Esther Hoppe and Christian Poltéra

Ronald Brautigam, Esther Hoppe and Christian Poltéra

7th August 2021

The celebrated Dutch fortepianist returns to the Festival with two esteemed friends and colleagues to perform passionate chamber music.
Read more

Rura

Rura

9th August 2021 - 8th August 2021

One of Scotland’s leading instrumental groups, RURA’s performances grip audiences with their uniquely raw yet polished sound.
Read more

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Fazil Say

Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Fazil Say

9th August 2021

A passionate Romantic concert performed by two daring and pioneering musicians, featuring Brahms’s stormy Third Violin Sonata.
Read more

Zehetmair Quartet

Zehetmair Quartet

10th August 2021

The Zehetmair Quartet returns to the International Festival with an exhilarating concert of much-loved Chamber works played from memory.
Read more

Talisk

Talisk

10th August 2021

Combining concertina, fiddle and guitar, the fiery Talisk trio give a typically fast-paced and genre-bending performance.
Read more

Dàimh

Dàimh

11th August 2021

The Gaelic supergroup bring a contemporary take on traditional music to the Festival with a rousing performance including bagpipes, fiddle and Gaelic song.
Read more

Mari Eriksmoen and Daniel Heide

Mari Eriksmoen and Daniel Heide

11th August 2021

Norwegian lyric soprano Mari Eriksmoen gives a rare UK performance, joining prize-winning German pianist Daniel Heide for a recital of Romantic songs.
Read more

Kinnaris Quintet

Kinnaris Quintet

12th August 2021

The technically dazzling quintet draws from a wide range of folk traditions and classical music to create an excitingly unique sound.
Read more

Steven Osborne

Steven Osborne

12th August 2021

The celebrated Edinburgh-based pianist brings together four contrasting pieces, ranging from Beethoven to experimental US composer George Crumb.
Read more

Maxim Emelyanychev & Principals of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Maxim Emelyanychev & Principals of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra

13th August 2021

Maxim Emelyanychev conducts two dynamic pieces for piano and winds by Mozart and Thuille – one much-loved, one rarely heard.
Read more

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Melodies

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Melodies

13th August 2021

Shared Melodies opens A Great Disordered Heart’s concert series, curated by Aidan O’Rourke, with a mesmerising, stripped-back take on traditional Irish and Scottish melody.
Read more

Malcolm Martineau and Friends

Malcolm Martineau and Friends

14th August 2021

Distinguished pianist Malcolm Martineau and a gathering of musical friends perform a concert of songs based on the poetry of Sir Walter Scott.
Read more

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Songs

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Songs

14th August 2021

Some of the world’s most powerful Gaelic voices come together for Shared Songs – the second concert in the Aidan O’Rourke-curated series A Great Disordered Heart.
Read more

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Futures

A Great Disordered Heart: Shared Futures

15th August 2021

The final concert in the A Great Disordered Heart series, curated by Aidan O’Rourke, presents two of the most thrilling acts in Scottish and Irish folk music today.
Read more

Breabach

Breabach

16th August 2021

Breabach’s five multi-instrumentalist members combine tradition and innovation in their imaginative and highly skilled performances.
Read more

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble

16th August 2021

The Chineke! Chamber Ensemble performs two rarely heard pieces by composers Coleridge Taylor and Vaughan Williams.
Read more

Nicola Benedetti: The Story of the Violin

Nicola Benedetti: The Story of the Violin

17th August 2021

Nicola Benedetti performs a new multimedia concert, journeying through the musical history of the violin from Bach to the present day.
Read more

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal

17th August 2021

Master kora player Ballaké Sissoko and cellist Vincent Ségal perform their own unique blend of West African troubadour songs and Baroque music.
Read more

Fara

Fara

18th August 2021

It's an exciting new chapter for FARA as they welcome young Highland pianist Rory Matheson to the line-up. Catch them at the Edinburgh International Festival on 18th August!
Read more

Elisabeth Leonskaja

Elisabeth Leonskaja

18th August 2021

Legendary Soviet pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja is one of the most widely respected pianists performing today. Don't miss her performance at the Edinburgh International Festival on 18th August!
Read more

Goldmund Quartet

Goldmund Quartet

19th August 2021

The award-winning Munich-based Goldmund Quartet makes its International Festival debut with Schubert and Haydn on 19th August.
Read more

Jenna Reid and Harris Playfair with Mr McFall’s Chamber

Jenna Reid and Harris Playfair with Mr McFall’s Chamber

19th August 2021

Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid and pianist Harris Playfair join the genre-defying string ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber on 19th August.
Read more

Mariam Batsashvili

Mariam Batsashvili

20th August 2021

The International Festival debut of the award-winning Georgian-born pianist, in a concert showcasing her technical brilliance.
Read more

Lonely House

Lonely House

20th August 2021 - 21st August 2021

Join Barrie Kosky and Katharine Mehrling in an intimate soirée and discover the songs of German composer Kurt Weill.
Read more

Karine Polwart with Dave Milligan

Karine Polwart with Dave Milligan

22nd August 2021

Legendary singer-songwriter Karine Polwart returns to the International Festival in a special performance with jazz pianist and composer Dave Milligan.
Read more

Siobhan Miller

Siobhan Miller

22nd August 2021

Singer-songwriter Siobhan Miller performs traditional, contemporary and self-penned songs in her award-winning soulful style.
Read more

A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

A Toast to the People: Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala

23rd August 2021

Awarded young performers Jay Bernard and Jefferson Tshabalala unleash dynamism in this exciting A Toast to the People offering.
Read more

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake

23rd August 2021

Gerald Finley and Julius Drake give a powerful recital of Romantic song based around verse on love, desire and loss by German poet Heinrich Heine.
Read more

A Toast to the People: Inua Ellams and Saul Williams

A Toast to the People: Inua Ellams and Saul Williams

24th August 2021

Inua Ellams and Saul Williams bring their own distinct styles to this interactive and not-to-be-missed A Toast to the People event.
Read more

Noa Wildschut and Elisabeth Brauß

Noa Wildschut and Elisabeth Brauß

24th August 2021

Twenty-year-old violinist Noa Wildschut makes her International Festival debut, joined by remarkable young pianist Elisabeth Brauß, in an upbeat and expansive recital.
Read more

Renée Fleming and Hartmut Höll

Renée Fleming and Hartmut Höll

25th August 2021

Grammy award-winning American soprano Renée Fleming joins German pianist Hartmut Höll for a wide-ranging concert of classical song.
Read more

A Toast to the People: Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang

A Toast to the People: Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang

25th August 2021

Join Hollie McNish and Wana Udobang for an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word in the International Festival’s Old College Quad venue!
Read more

A Toast to the People: Vanessa Kisuule and Safiya Sinclair

A Toast to the People: Vanessa Kisuule and Safiya Sinclair

26th August 2021

Vanessa Kisuule and Safiya Sinclair impart their wide-ranging experiences for an unforgettable A Toast to the People performance.
Read more

Gringolts Quartet

Gringolts Quartet

26th August 2021

Led by international violin soloist Ilya Gringolts, the Gringolts Quartet performs a dazzling concert with pieces ranging from melancholic to euphoric.
Read more

Fatma Said and Malcolm Martineau

Fatma Said and Malcolm Martineau

27th August 2021

Egyptian soprano Fatma Said makes her International Festival debut with Edinburgh-born pianist Malcolm Martineau, featuring Mozart and Spanish songs by Lorca and Falla.
Read more

A Toast to the People: Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah

A Toast to the People: Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah

27th August 2021

Join Francesca Beard and Rafeef Ziadah for an electric night of performance poetry and spoken word in the International Festival’s Old College Quad venue!
Read more

Masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff

Masterclasses with Thomas Quasthoff

28th August 2021

Join legendary bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff to discover how to create an exceptional performance, as he gives public masterclasses to two emerging duos of young singers.
Read more

Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age

Alan Cumming is Not Acting His Age

28th August 2021 - 29th August 2021

Alan Cumming employs his usual charm and wit through story and song in a wickedly memorable performance.
Read more

Similar events you might like...

Edinburgh Valmiki Balagokulam Shaka

Edinburgh Valmiki Balagokulam Shaka

Selected dates between 9th January 2021 - 18th December 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Namaste All....! Join us online for the Edinburgh Valmiki Balagokulam Shaka each Saturday!
Read more

Shedinburgh Fringe Festival

Shedinburgh Fringe Festival

3rd August 2021 - 30th August 2021
Online Event Edinburgh

Shedinburgh Fringe Festival is back in 2021 celebrating and preserving the best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival...in sheds!
Read more

Fringe by the Sea: Gail Porter

Fringe by the Sea: Gail Porter

6th August 2021
North Berwick

Gail Porter speaks from the heart about the highs and lows of her life and career – and in particular her experiences of mental health illness.
Read more

Fringe by the Sea: Sam Baker ‘The Shift’ in Conversation with The Flock

Fringe by the Sea: Sam Baker ‘The Shift’ in Conversation with The Flock

6th August 2021
North Berwick

In ‘The Shift’, writer and journalist Sam Baker seeks to empower and give voice to women to create a new narrative. Sam talks here to Jennifer Crichton, editor of The Flock.
Read more

Army@TheFringe

Army@TheFringe

6th August 2021 - 22nd August 2021
Edinburgh New Town

Army@TheFringe returns to the stage at Edinburgh in August with a bright and bold programme of theatre, discussions, installation - mixed with magic and variety.
Read more

Fringe by the Sea: Gordon Buchanan – Animal Families and Me

Fringe by the Sea: Gordon Buchanan – Animal Families and Me

7th August 2021
North Berwick

Animal Families and Me promises a unique opportunity to hear personal recollections of Gordon’s globetrotting travels, as he delves into his world of weird, wild and wonderful wildlife.
Read more

Paddy the Cope

Paddy the Cope

7th August 2021 - 30th August 2021

West Lothian meets West Donegal as shale miner Patrick Gallagher (John McColl) returns to his native sod to spread social revolution, imbued with the co-operative principles he’s learned in Scotland
Read more

Fringe by the Sea: Lemn Sissay

Fringe by the Sea: Lemn Sissay

8th August 2021
North Berwick

BAFTA nominated international prize-winning writer Lemn Sissay performs a special reading at Fringe By The Sea, reflecting on a childhood in care, self-expression and Britishness.
Read more

Fred MacAulay In Conversation

Fred MacAulay In Conversation

Selected dates between 8th August 2021 - 29th August 2021

Fred MacAulay, one of Scotland's best-loved stand-ups, is back with his live chat show. Joining Fred will be stars from the worlds of sport, entertainment, business and politics.
Read more

Find other events in Edinburgh

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

Edinburgh Colour Bomb Carnival
Edinburgh Colour Bomb Carnival is back for 2021 at Sighthill Park from 6th to 16th August.
Castle Street Festival Fair
Filled with an abundance of beautiful crafted gifts and delicious foodies, Castle Street Festival Fair is one not to be missed this summer!
Festival Village: Waverley
The Pop-Up Pro's are bringing their popular food market and beer garden, Festival Village, to the rooftop at Waverley Mall once again this Summer!
Aberdeen Standard Investments Opening Event: Night Light
Welcome back to the Edinburgh International Festival with this opening event of awe-inspiring music and spectacle at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Shedinburgh Fringe Festival
Shedinburgh Fringe Festival is back in 2021 celebrating and preserving the best of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival...in sheds!

Popular Venues

Edinburgh Playhouse Festival Theatre Edinburgh Kings Theatre Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland Traverse Theatre