21st Century Body: Birmingham Heroes Autumn Events

Join the faces behind the University of Birmingham #birminghamheroes #21stcenturybody campaign this Autumn for a series of high-profile festival events.

L-R: Dr Victoria Goodyear, Professor Heather Widdows, Professor Alice Roberts & Professor Muireann Quigley.

Heather Widdows is the John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham and the Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Impact). She is currently working on the increasing demands of beauty. Her latest book is Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal (Princeton University Press) and she co-runs the Beauty Demands blog.

Muireann Quigley is Professor of Law, Medicine, & Technology. Her research focuses on the philosophical analysis of law and policy in medicine and the biosciences. Her most recent book is Self-ownership, Property Rights, & the Human Body: A Legal and Philosophical Analysis (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Alice Roberts is an anatomist, author and TV broadcaster. She is also the Professor of Public Engagement with Science at University of Birmingham. Her research interests focus on evolutionary anatomy, osteoarchaeology and palaeopathology. She has presented several landmark series on the BBC and written seven popular science books.

Victoria Goodyear is a Lecturer in Pedagogy in Sport, Physical Activity and Health. Her research focuses on digital technologies and social media in young people’s health and wellbeing, teacher professional development and curriculum innovation, as well as digital methods and ethics.

EVENT ONE, Warwick

British Science Festival 2019: “Perfect Bodies”, panel discussion

12th September, 2019 at 1-2pm (University of Warwick, Zeeman Building: MS02)


With the rise of social media, a culture that normalises plastic surgery and an era where the value of having the ‘perfect body’ is demonstrated constantly through the pay cheques of the world’s most influential celebrities, what are the moral, ethical and cultural consequences for society? Join University of Birmingham #BirminghamHeroes Alice RobertsHeather WiddowsMuireann Quigley and Victoria Goodyear as they debate the impact of this impossible pursuit of perfection, drawing on learning from law, philosophy, psychology, health and wellbeing. Book your place now through the British Science Festival: HERE.

Image taken from Heather Widdow’s book Perfect Me: Beauty as an Ethical Ideal.

Joining us at British Science Festival? We look forward to seeing you there! Help us spread the word using this tweet:

Looking forward to joining in the #21stcenturybody discussion with @theAliceRoberts & fellow #BirminghamHeroes @profmq @ProfWiddows @VGoodyear this Sept 12th as part of the ‘Perfect Bodies’ event @BritishSciFest #BSF19! Tickets here: https://britishsciencefestival.org/event/perfect-bodies/


EVENT TWO, Birmingham

Being Human Festival 2019: “21st Century Body”– an in-depth panel discussion with extended audience Q&A


21st November 2019, 6-9pm (event starts at 6.30pm) in the Elgar Concert Hall, Bramall Music Building at the University of Birmingham.

Join broadcaster Alice Roberts (Professor of Public Engagement) at  Being Human Festival 2019, as she debates evolving beauty demands and body property rights with an interdisciplinary panel of fellow researchers Professor Heather Widdows, Professor Muireann Quigley & Dr Victoria Goodyear – all part of the current #BirminghamHeroes campaign. ‘21st Century Body’ offers a thought-provoking ride through contemporary ethical and moral questions relevant to us all. Join in the discussion, tickets (free) available HERE.

Joining us at Being Human Festival? We look forward to seeing you there! Help us spread the word using this tweet:

Looking forward to joining in the #21stcenturybody discussion with @theAliceRoberts & fellow #BirminghamHeroes @profmq @ProfWiddows @VGoodyear this Nov 21st as part of @BeingHumanFest #BeingHuman19! Tickets now available: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/being-human-festival-2019-21st-century-body-with-professor-alice-roberts-tickets-65409380217

If you have any questions about either of these events, please get in touch with Caroline Gillett: c.d.t.gillett@bham.ac.uk



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