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  • Date and time: Friday 25 October 2019, 2pm to 7pm
  • Location: The Hospitium, Museum Gardens, Museum Street, York YO1 7FR
  • Audience: Open to staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

Launch event for the AboutFace research project

About this Event

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 Professor Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of York.

Please note that elements of the event will be filmed. Please let us know if you have any concerns about this, or do not wish to be filmed.

Accessibility: The event is hosted in the Hospitium (rooms upstairs and downstairs). A lift is available.


2.00 - 2.45pm: welcome with tea and coffee

2.45 - 5.15pm: panel presentations, discussion, and questions

5.45 - 7.00pm: drinks reception