AboutFace Launch Event: Framing the face: history, emotion, transplantation

October 25, 2019, York, UK

Join us for the launch of AboutFace, a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship research project based in History at the University of York led by Dr Fay Bound Alberti.

AboutFace explores the emotional and cultural history of face transplants, considering both the impact of facial disfigurement in the age of the selfie, and the emergence of facial transplantation as a response to severe trauma. The project will provide a critical but neglected perspective on the emotional and psychological impacts of disfigurement and transplantation, for patients and their families, donor families, surgical teams and society as a whole. You can find out more about the project here.

The event brings together writers, artists, surgeons, psychologists and people living with visible facial difference to talk about the meanings of facial disfigurement and transplantation, and will be held at the Hospitium in York’s Museum Gardens on Friday 25 October between 2-6pm.

Further details can be found below. The event is FREE but please register via our EventBrite page.

Framing the face: history, emotion, transplantation

  • How do you feel about your face?
  • Who would you be, without it?
  • Would you donate your face, or that of your loved one?
  • If not, why not?

Join us for a discussion of the social, cultural, emotional and medical meanings and associations of faces, facial transplants, and identity, followed by a drinks-reception at the launch of AboutFace, a new interdisciplinary project funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship based in History at the University of York.

Cultural historian Fay Bound Alberti will be joined by Consultant head, neck and facial surgeon Daniel Saleh, clinical psychologist Sue Brown, writer Louisa Young, artists Lucy Burscough and Clare Whistler and James Partridge, founder of Face Equality. The discussion will be chaired by Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories


2.00pm-3.00pm, Tea & Coffee

3.00pm – 4.30pm Panel Discussion, Q&A Session

5.00pm-6.00pm Drinks Reception.

Contact Info:
Stef Eastoe

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Posted: October 11, 2019