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Humans Designing Humans

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 6:30-9:00pm, London

As part of the Being Human Festival, Palgrave Macmillan is proud to host an event exploring what it means to be human in an increasingly scientific age.

In an age of rapid scientific advancement, we are venturing quickly into unchartered territory. Into an era where topics of science fiction, once deemed improbable if not impossible, are suddenly within touching distance. As scientific research forges ahead, this event will explore what it means to be human at a time when creating human life no longer has to mean what it once did, in an age of ‘designer babies’ and genetic editing. Should we allow ourselves to create bespoke human embryos? What has history taught us about the dangers of trying to create a master race?


Watch Videos From Our 2017 Event

Wondering what to expect? Watch highlights and listen to our speakers from last year’s event, where we marked 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality by exploring the evolution of gay, lesbian and queer representation across history, literature and media.


Being Human: A Festival of the Humanities

Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy, Being Human is the UK’s only national festival of the humanities. Taking place annually at venues across the UK, it highlights the ways in which the humanities can inspire and enrich our everyday lives, help us to understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and the challenges we face in a changing world.  This year’s festival is taking place between 15 – 24 November, with the theme 'Origins and Endings.'