Biopolitics & the Body

  • In what ways do aesthetic and other forms of creativity construct the body as a textual object of experience or research?
  • Is it possible to separate the ‘factual’ content of such constructions from their fictionality and if it is not, what does this tell us about how we – including doctors and patients – may think and speak of the body?
  • What rhetorical devices are used to write, speak or think of the body and how do these affect our understanding of being or having bodies?
  • If the human body is infinitely changeable, such that concepts like beauty, identity and the ‘natural’ no longer carry any fixed validity, how can we rethink ancient notions like artifice, creativity and the aesthetic

See: Science Policy Briefing & Conference abstracts