Kammer 2




Optimizing your appearance, reassigning your gender, giving birth to children at the age of 64, postponing the age of death as far as possible. In the 21st century humans are taking the natural limits of corporeality to the extremes – owing to medical progress and a maximum of technically quantifiable self-discipline. Our individual fate seems to be increasingly less linked to the body into which we were born. It is still unclear whether this development will result in more autonomy or to new regimes of health, optimization and enforced blessings. In this context the question arises what developments such as social freezing and surrogate motherhood mean for the emancipation of women, whose social suppression has always been linked to their physical constitution. The panel discussion approaches these urgent as well as complex topics via two – partly contrasting – critical positions. Prof. Dr. Barbara Duden, historian and gender researcher, is professor emeritus at the Hanover University and pioneer in the field of body history. She has written numerous books dealing in particular with changes in handling the pregnant/parturient body. The other position is assumed by Prof. Dr. Paula-Iréne Villa Braslavsky. She is a sociologist and tenured Professor for General Sociology and Gender Studies at the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians University. Presently she researches, among other things, the measuring of bodies by means of digital technologies and the significance of (intimate) beauty surgery.

With Paula-Irene Villa Braslavsky (LMU München) und Barbara Duden (Prof. emer. Universität Hannover), Moderation Barbara Thiessen (Hochschule Landshut)

On July 16 / 7 – 8.40 pm / KAMMER 2

Part of BODY TALK / A Festival of Bodies and Markets, Gender and Visibility in the 21st Century – In cooperation with Missy Magazine .


Festival pass: 45 € / discounted 30 €
Day pass: 20 € / discounted 15 €

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