On 6th and 7th July a conference entitled "The (Im)Perfect Human Being: Between Anthropology, Aesthetics and Therapeutics" is to be held at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden in cooperation with the Department of Cultural Science at Humboldt University, Berlin and the Center for Historical Anthropology of the Free University of Berlin.
Cultural scientists and anthropologists, interested citizens, and members of the movement of disabled people will be discussing the social power of norms and normality:
By what standard is humanity measured?
Why and how is deviation ostracized?
What contradictions develop between norms(e.g.laws) and the aesthetic or psychological ideals of "normality".
At the conference on the exhibition entitled "The (Im)Perfect Human Being", researchers in the new scientific discipline of Disability Studies will be presenting their work to a German public for the first time. In this field of inquirp, which comes from the United States, the human body´s historical and biological variability and cultural construction are studied from the angle of disability, much as earlier researchers viewed the subject through the lens of race and gender.
Among the lecturers are:
Prof. Rosemarie Garland Thomson (Prof. of English, Howard University, Reston, Virginia)
Prof. Thomas Macho (Department of Cultural Science, Humboldt University, Berlin)
Dr. Peter Radtke (Actor and Author)
Prof. Theresia Degener (Prof. of Law)
German Hygiene Museum
Christian Holtorf or Susanne Platzhoff
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