This year celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication, in 1818, of the Frankenstein novel written by Mary Shelley. In this context, the Biomedical Ethics Film Festival will examine whether Frankenstein’s monster can be considered as a transhuman? But are other possible transhumans already being created? Will they eventually replace
‘natural’ humans? Moreover, how will transhumans feel about being brought into existence? This Film Festival, which is one of the first in the world, will seek to answer some of these questions. At the end of each screening, a discussion will take place between the audience and a panel of invited experts in bioethics, science, law, medicine and politics.
The Film Festival is organised in partnership with the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics, Filmhouse, the Mason Institute, at the School of Law, The University of Edinburgh, St Mary’s University, Twickenham - London and the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA.