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. 

Speakers: 

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.

Speakers:  

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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