Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Hierarchies of the Human


Chinese Bodies as Biological Surplus: Plastinated Cadavers and Geopolitical Hierarchies of the Human

Lecture by Ari Larissa Heinrich, UC San Diego


Tuesday, February 27, 2018
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Humanities Room 348


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A firestorm of human rights critiques often greets the opening of an exhibit of plastinated cadavers in Europe and North America, obscuring any attempts to critique the notion of the human (and indeed of “rights”) in the smoke from its blaze. My talk asks what a comparative examination of Chinese-language discourse on the plastinated human cadaver exhibits might reveal about the political economics of race and capital distribution that inform them.

Part of the Comparative Literature Seminar Series 2017-2018, "Area Impossible: Sexuality & Geopolitics." This event is cosponsored by the UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship.



Sponsor(s): UCLA International Institute, Asia Pacific Center, UCLA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, English, Department of History, UCLA Division of Humanities, Promise Institute, LGBTQ Studies Program, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles