Damaging The Body: Panel Discussions 2012

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Fasting and the Famished Body: Disordered Eating and the Gendering of Self-Starvation

Thursday 28 June 2012, 6.30 - 8:30pm, The Watershed, Bristol

 A panel discussion exploring eating disorders and gender in culture, psychology, history and literature (in conjunction with the University of the West of England Gender Studies Research Group

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A panel discussion considering in what ways – biologically, culturally, and symbolically- extreme under-eating has been seen to damage the male and female body differently within cultural, historical, and literary depictions, and how this damage is described and contextualized in gendered terms. 


Charlotte Boyce (University of Portsmouth)
Fasting Girls and Fasting Knights: Abstemious Eaters in Tennyson’s Idylls of the King 

Debra Ferreday (Lancaster University) 
Visualising the Damaged Body: Anorexia, Haunting and Futurity 

 Neula Kerr-Boyle (University College London)
 “This is absolutely an illness of the female sex”: East German Psychiatry and Anorexia Nervosa, 1949-1990

Helen Malson (University of the West of England Gender Studies Research Group)
The Discursive Production of ‘Anorexia Nervosa’: An Historical Perspective




Foreign Bodies? - Self-Injury, Surgery and Performance

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Pathology Museum & Gallery, 
Monday 21 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm

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A panel discussion considering the variety of ways in which acts and objects are attributed medical, social, political and aesthetic meaning.


Emma Spary (University of Cambridge)
Enlightened Surgeons and the Fabrication of the Extraordinary Eater in Eighteenth-Century France

Louise Hide (Birkbeck Pain Project, Birkbeck, University of London)
Bodily pain and Persecutory Delusions in London’s Asylum Patients, c.1900

 Mary Cappello (University of Rhode Island)
Swallowed and Saved: The Chevalier Jackson Foreign Body Collection and the Art it has Inspired

 Dominic Johnson (Queen Mary, University of London)
Operation Spanner: Performance and the Cultural Politics of Body Modification


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