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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Research Postgraduate Seminar: Human-Monsters, Monstrous Humans? Humanity, Divinity and Interspecies Hybrids

24th October 2008, 15:00 to 17:00, Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin's Hall, Palace Green


The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 provides for the creation of animal-human interspecies hybrids. That such a development, which would once have been regarded as morally unthinkable, is now regarded by many scientists and patient groups as the obvious next practical step is evidence of a cultural shift of enormous significance.

In conversation with Bruno Latour and Nikolas Rose this paper argues that these current developments are no more than a specific and local move within a much longer-term cultural logic whose origins date back at least to the seventeenth century revolution of thought, and represent aspirations and motivations which are existential and indeed ultimately religious in nature.

This seminar is open to all research postgraduate students but places must be reserved in advance by emailing the Institute.

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