[Humanist] 26.320 events: human limits; authenticity

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Wed Sep 19 07:33:23 CEST 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 320.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>               (53)
        Subject: Conference on 'The Real Thing' - what is the value of
                authenticity and replication for investigation and
                conservation? , 6-7 December,University of Glasgow

  [2]   From:    Jonathan Topham <J.R.Topham at LEEDS.AC.UK>                  (51)
        Subject: 'Human Limits' Symposium

        Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:30:13 +0100
        From: Andrew Prescott <andrew.prescott at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Conference on 'The Real Thing' - what is the value of authenticity and replication for investigation and conservation? , 6-7 December,University of Glasgow
        In-Reply-To: <405270B582D1F9459B2CE5B0603204D38A18A325FB at CMS01.campus.gla.ac.uk>

'The Real Thing?'  The Value of Authenticity and Replication for 
Investigation and Conservation

University of Glasgow, 6-7 December 2012.



BOOK BEFORE 1 OCTOBER to receive the early bird discount.

There is a discounted student rate available.

The University of Glasgow is delighted to be hosting a two-day 
international conference on the topic of authenticity, with papers 
related to the three fields of textile conservation, dress and textile 
history and technical art history.

The role of curators, conservators, art historians, and conservation 
scientists has become increasingly complex with new approaches towards 
interpretation, display and use of collections by the cultural heritage 
sector. Advances in conservation science provide us with increasing 
amounts of information about the tangible properties of objects, while 
the intangible and conceptual qualities, of contemporary and non-western 
artefacts in particular, also influence our work. The concept of 
authenticity is one of the core factors driving decision making.

An exciting programme has been arranged, with speakers from the Victoria 
and Albert Museum, The National Archives, West Dean Tapestry Studio, the 
National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan 
Museum of Art, New York City.

The cost of registration includes lunches and other refreshments, a 
reception on the evening of December 6 and conference post prints.

Registration (early bird till 1 October; regular registration runs 
through 25 November):


Conference poster:

Tahitia McCabe
History of Art Resource Centre Manager (Mon-Tues only) Research Network 
for Textile Conservation, Textile History and Technical Art History 

Direct line: +44 (0)141 330 4524
Fax: +44 (0)141 330 3513
Email: tahitia.mccabe at glasgow.ac.uk

School of Culture and Creative Arts
University of Glasgow
8 University Gardens
Glasgow, UK, G12 8QH

(The Resource Centre is physically located at 7 University Gardens on 
the first floor)


The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401 

        Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:56:12 +0100
        From: Jonathan Topham <J.R.Topham at LEEDS.AC.UK>
        Subject: 'Human Limits' Symposium
        In-Reply-To: <DF8544A06E8C474DA98508A47B2600A3040717D62E01 at HERMES7.ds.leeds.ac.uk>

‘Human Limits’ Symposium
Friday 28 September 19.00-21.30 and Saturday 29 September 10.30-17.00
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE
From: http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/human-limits.aspx

The onset of the industrial revolution and the technological advances that followed it have stretched our limits more than ever before. We’ve taken to the skies, to outer space and to the depths of the ocean. But what do these new-found environments mean for our bodies and minds? Why do humans always want to stretch their capabilities? How have we imagined the future in the past, and what possibilities might be opened up in the future? How are these possibilities represented in science fiction?

This symposium will examine our relationship with technology and how it stretches our ability to perform in the world. From the influence of the light bulb on our working patterns to space missions and the impact they have had on our physiology, the event will also look forward to what our relationship with technology might be like in the future.

Friday 28 September<http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/human-limits/friday-programme.aspx>

Enjoy a screening of 'Aelita: Queen of Mars' (Yakov Protazanov, 1924), one of the first films to depict space travel. This silent film will be accompanied by a live band, Minima, and followed by a drinks reception.

Saturday 29 September<http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/events/human-limits/saturday-programme.aspx>

Talks and discussions will continue on the Saturday, when the following questions will be explored using several different perspectives:

How were the technologies that we take for granted today received when they were first invented?
What pressures do extreme environments put on the body, physiologically?
Where does the boundary lie between training our bodies and technology?
What will our relationship with technology be like in the future?
How did science fiction shift from outer space to inner space?
10.30 Opening remarks – Oliver Morton (chair), Emily Sargent
An introduction to Superhuman Exhibit from the curator.

11.00 To Boldly Go – Kevin Fong
In the last 100 years, technology and medical science have changed the way we look at ourselves and our expectations of survival in all walks of life. What was routinely fatal at the start of the 20th century has today become simply routine. How do we see the limits of our survival in the 21st century? How will this change the way we explore?

11.40 Coffee break

12.00 Electrical Destiny? Ariel, Aladdin and alienation – Graeme Gooday
The electric light bulb is the emblem of human ingenuity. It symbolizes the productive taming of arguably nature’s most violent force. Over the last 150 years, electricity has extended human vision, speech and travel to global scope and ever-greater speeds. But if electricity has taken bodily sensation to new exciting and remote places, why is it that candlelit conversation and steam locomotion still captivate us? Do our electrically wrought superpowers perhaps threaten to make us too efficiently modern?

12.40 Looking Back at the Earth: From Silent Running (1972) to The Day After Tomorrow (2004) – Christine Cornea

When Apollo 8 launched in 1968, the objective was to send the first manned mission into lunar orbit and the astronauts were charged with taking close-up pictures of the far side of the moon. Today, however, this mission is most remembered for the famous colour photograph known as ‘Earthrise’, which offers a vision of the Earth as it rises over the lunar horizon. Looking back at the Earth from the moon was, of course, prefigured in science fiction. For instance, the film screened for this symposium, Aelita (1924), both literally and figuratively looked back at the Earth from the distant planet of Mars. Christine Cornea will consider the sociocultural impact of the publication of the ‘Earthrise’ picture – how this strangely reflective picture of the Earth as a vulnerable, blue planet, hanging in space, came to be associated with the rise of the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s and how, in turn, this affected the visions offered by science fiction films in the years that followed.

13.30 Lunch

14.30 The Man-Machine: Redesigning ourselves into pseudohumans or superhumans? – Anders Sandberg
The idea that we can upgrade our bodies has been around for a long time. What are our real options, now and in the near future, for enhancing ourselves? And what are the implications – practical, ethical, social– of turning ourselves into objects of design and culture? In the future, the coevolution of humans and our technology might be far more intimate and complex than we expect. What kind of humanity would we want to become, and do we have any choice in the matter?

15.10 Becoming a Channel Swimmer: Training, technology and the marathon swimming body – Karen Throsby
Swimming the English Channel is a sport that is simultaneously high- and low-tech. Karen Throsby argues that the process of training to become a Channel swimmer not only exploits advanced technology (GPS, specially developed foods), but is also heavily reliant on much more mundane practices (swimming, stretching, purposeful weight gain) that are not usually thought of as technology but that enhance the body’s capacities. She challenges what counts as ‘technology’ and what counts as the ‘natural’ body.

16.10 Roundtable discussion
Join Graeme Gooday, Anders Sandberg and Oliver Morton as they reflect on the discussions of the day.

16.50 Concluding remarks – Oliver Morton

17.00 Drinks reception

£30 full price/£25 concessions for both days, including drinks on Friday evening and lunch, tea and coffee on Saturday.

To book, please call +44 (0)20 7611 2222.

For details of the ‘Superhuman’ Exhibition see http://www.wellcomecollection.org/whats-on/exhibitions/superhuman.aspx


Dr. Jon Topham
Senior Lecturer in History of Science & Director of the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science

School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science
University of Leeds,
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: +44 (0)113 34 32526
Fax: +44 (0)113 34 33265


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