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quinta, 15/09


R. Pereira e Sousa 13, 1350-092 Lisboa, Portugal

Excel: The pursuit of excellence

Biotechnologies, enhancement and bodycapital in Portugal

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Excel: The pursuit of excellence
Excel: The pursuit of excellence

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15/09/2022, 16:00 – 15/10/2022, 20:00

R. Pereira e Sousa 13, 1350-092 Lisboa, Portugal

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The technological capacity to transform biology, relying on advances in genetic engineering, pharmacology, cybernetics and nanotechnology, has spurred a variety of devices to manipulate human body that are commonly defined "enhancement technologies". 

Prompted by economic analyses on the increase in cosmetic consumption of bio-technologies in Portugal during the global financial crisis, EXCEL tackles these technologies as bio-investment practices to promote personal competitiveness according to a logic of excellence.

Focusing on the Greater Lisbon area and noting the national and transnational circuits that affect this context, we aim to add to existing statistical and bio-ethical analyses qualitative ethnographic data to unfold the complexity of these practices. Our ambition is to bridge the micro-dynamics of specific forms of bio-investment, exploring practices of and aspirations for biomedical self-making, with the genesis of new markets and transnational circuits of medical tourism.

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