'Theatres of Surgery' - Face Transplants

'Theatres of Surgery' - Face Transplants
 
  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

"Theatres of Surgery: The cultural pre-history of the face transplant" with Dr Suzannah Biernoff.

Face transplants have often been met with resistance and considered "the stuff of Gothic horror, grave robbers and Victorian freaks shows". Join Dr Biernoff as she presents her paper on the cultural pre-history of the face transplant, a surgical procedure which has been compared to classics such as Frankenstein, Dracula and The Island of Doctor Moreau, reflecting modernity's unease with the concept.

There will be plenty of time to peruse the paintings and specimens at 6:30pm before Dr Biernoff's talk.

“About Face” is a multidisciplinary series of events focusing on the face in a medical-humanities arena. The delicate ontological balancing act between life and death, public display and spectacle, ‘being’ and ‘not being’, and how we identify, are some of topics which inspired “About Face” at QMUL’s Pathology Museum. From the first recorded facial surgery in approximately 600 BC to the present, faces have been moulded, manipulated and even made from scratch. Why is this part of the physical body considered our ‘identity’ and what does that mean? In the world of the selfie, are our faces even our selves? What do we see when we look at the faces of others? Does our opinion change depending on the face? Why?

Topics included in this series include face transplants, ‘faces of fear’, facial surgery then and now, death masks and the forensic reconstruction of a skull from this collection. All events include wine, non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles, as well as a chance to see the "Saving Faces" paintings by Mark Gilbert. Full list of the A/W 2018 events is HERE

Suzannah Biernoff teaches in the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London and is co-director of Birkbeck’s Medical Humanities Research Group.  In 2007 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Leave Award for a project on the cultural history of disfigurement.  Open Access articles from this project have been published in the journals Visual Culture in Britain, Social History of Medicine and Photographies, and an essay on Nina Berman’s Marine Wedding appeared in Ugliness: The Non-beautiful in Art and Theory.

Cost: £10.08


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2018-11-07 18:30 2018-11-07 18:30 Europe/London 'Theatres of Surgery' - Face Transplants The cultural pre-history of the face transplant" with Dr Suzannah Biernoff. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2018/11/07/theatres-of-surgery-face-transplants-183280 Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre),QMUL School of Medicine and Dentistry,St Bartholomew's Hospital site,London

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Pathology Museum (3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre),

QMUL School of Medicine and Dentistry,
St Bartholomew's Hospital site,
London,
EC1A 7BE

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