FIXED - The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement

Date: 
November 24, 2014 - 19:15 - 21:45
Building: 
Nador u. 11
Room: 
004 Smart Room
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CEU host unit(s): 
Department of Philosophy
CEU host unit(s): 
Human Project
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In the frame of the Hungarian Science Festival 2014 "Far Seeing Science: Responsible Answers for the Future"

19:15-20:30 Film screening (with Hungarian subtitles)
20:30-21:45 Panel discussion (in English)

What does it mean to function ‘normally’ and is it so important? Should we ‘fix’ bodies (or minds) if they do not function ‘normally’ and – on the other hand – should we enhance people if we can do so? Where does the one (fixing) stop and the other (enhancement) begin? Does the former dehumanize people with impairments and how is the latter a challenge for an assumed common human nature? These questions are of utmost importance in research areas and disciplines such as disability and gender studies, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, law and political science. The award-winning film “FIXED” includes the voices of those who are most directly concerned with disabilities and normalcy assumptions, namely disabled people. As the synopsis of the film states: "Through a dynamic mix of verité, dance, archival and interview footage, FIXED challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century." It thus offers a unique window into the questions above. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with CEU faculty members representing gender studies, legal studies, philosophy and political science.

Panel members:

  • Emma Bullock, CELAB and Philosophy
  • Linda Fisher, Gender Studies
  • Simon Rippon, Philosophy
  • Judit Sandor, CELAB, Gender Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science

Moderated and organized by Maria Kronfeldner, Philosophy Department, co-organized by CELAB - Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine.

Visit the FIXED website or watch the movie trailer!