Friday 28 September 19.00-21.30 and Saturday 29 September 10.30-17.00
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
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.
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.
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?
Christine Cornea, Lecturer, School of Film and
Television, University of East Anglia
Kevin Fong, Wellcome Trust
Public Engagement Fellow
Graeme Gooday, Professor of
History of Science and Technology, University of Leeds
Anders Sandberg, James Martin
Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute, University of
Emily Sargent, curator,
Wellcome Collection, giving an overview of the Superhuman
Karen Throsby, Lecturer in
Sociology, University of Warwick
£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.