does a life end?
When does it begin?
And who decides?
Charismatic counselling: Barbara Bilabel
The boundaries between life and death have become
permeable. Modern biotechnologies intervene in natural processes
at the beginning and the end of life, altering perceptions of what
constitutes human existence. The congress presents research, images
and speculations from the anthropological twilight zones between
life and death. The ramifications of rapidly advancing technology
and cultural forms of reflection on the undead will be discussed
together, motivated by the wish to stimulate new ways of thinking
and forge new cultural techniques. To achieve this we have to engage
with various forms of knowledge: reproductive medicine, synthetic
biology, enhancement technologies, transplantation medicine, theories
of trans- and post-humanism, medical ethics, philosophy, law, literature,
ethnology and the drastic images produced in pop culture. Astonishment,
insight, shock, empathy: in the tradition of the popularisation
of science from the century this congress will present a heterogeneous
mise-en-scène of the undead’s figures of knowledge
and strategies for action.
A three-day show room and working space with
lectures, presentations and dialogues for theory and practice. It
opened on International Nurses Day (12 May). The congress took place
daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., followed by a late-night
Photo: Fred Dott
Photo: Aya Ben Ron