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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Recovery of Beauty Lecture - I Love Fake Beauty

28th November 2011, 18:15 to 19:15, Room 201, Elvet Riverside Building, Professor Ruth Holliday (Leeds University)

This is the fifth lecture in the Recovery of Beauty Lecture Series.

This lecture questions our assumptions about what beauty is - or should be - in relation to both bodies and things.

I argue that 'fake' beauty in both the form of 'plastic' bodies and 'kitsch' objects is positioned by a similar pejorative logic of 'manufactured beauty' - the former opposed to 'natural' beauty, the latter to art.

Fake beauty is characterized not just as imitation but also as deception - as evil.

But where do these ideas about beauty come from and what are their effects?

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.