Workshop: Science Fiction and Public Engagement with Medicine, University of Glasgow

27th Novemeber 2015

University of Glasgow

What are the uses and abuses of science fiction in the aim of public engagement with medicine?

We can assess science fiction as if it were entertainment education, distinguishing beween legitimate extrapolation and genre misrepresentation. But are there more productive ways of thinking about how science fiction engages with medical expertise than simply the problematic distinction of ‘appropriate simplication’ versus ‘distortion’? Jenny Kitzinger from the University of Cardiff (“Science Fiction, ethics and the body: clones, coma patients and organ harvesting”) and David Lawrence from the Costumed Visions of Enhanced Bodies project (portrayals of the enhanced body in comic books) join us to explore these questions.

The workshop will be held at the University of Glasgow on Friday the 27th of November 2015. If you are interested in getting involved with this workshop (or any other) then please email us. Postgraduate and early career researchers may wish to apply to the attendance fund to support their travel expenses.

If you are interested in the Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities project, please contact Anna McFarlane to be added to the mailing list.

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