Beyond evidence: theorising arts and health (ESRC Seminar, Glasgow University, 24 April 2014)

Beyond evidence:  theorising arts and health ESRC Seminar 24 April 2014 Glasgow University In a deliberately provocative intervention to the emerging health-and-arts field, this day seminar engages social theoretical resources in order to help elaborate how researchers and practitioners might experiment epistemologically in ways that encourage a movement ‘beyond scientism’ and recycled debates about evidence. Read the full article…

New Book Available for Review: ‘The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity’ by Georges Vigarello

We have a new book from Columbia University Press available for review: The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity by Georges Vigarello. The publishers describe the book as follows: “Georges Vigarello maps the evolution of Western ideas about fat and fat people from the Middle Ages to the present, paying particular attention to the Read the full article…

Weight Stigma & Health: Whose Problem Is It? (CFP, Conference, Birmingham, 16 May 2013)

CONFERENCE: ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Weight stigma and health: whose problem is it? University of Birmingham Thursday 16th May, 2013 You are invited to attend a multidisciplinary conference focusing on the subject of Weight Stigma and Health, featuring presentations from both national and international keynote speakers. This conference will be of interest to researchers, Read the full article…

Free Extract! – Louise Foxcroft, Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2000 Years

Those nice folk at Profile Books have allowed us to reproduce the first chapter of Louise Foxcroft‘s fantastic book on the history of dieting, published earlier this year. Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2000 Years (Profile, 2012) gives a whirlwind overview of how the practice of dieting has changed over time. Foxcroft writes: Read the full article…

Problematising ‘problematic’ pregnancies (Workshop, Durham, 22 November 2012)

Workshop: Problematising ‘problematic’ pregnancies Thursday 22nd November 2012 Time:  9.30am- 12noon (coffee/tea available at 9.30am; workshop starts at 10am) Location: Room W215 (Department of Geography, Durham University) Presenters: Dr Sally Brown (Wolfson Research Institute, Durham University) ‘What’s the problem with teenage pregnancy?’ Dr Rachel Colls (Department of Geography, Durham University) ‘Interuterine space and the politics of Read the full article…

Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Visual Representation (CFP)

Special issue of Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society on Visual Representation, edited by Stefanie Snider, PhD Visual representations of and/or by fat people are powerful tools of both oppression and empowerment. This special issue of Fat Studies seeks to explore the wide variety of ways in which visual representations have Read the full article…

Body & Society – Free Access to Highly Cited (Medical Humanities) Articles Until October 31 2011

The editors of Body & Society are offering free online access to the most highly-cited papers from the journal until October 31 2011. The abstracts of articles which have a special relevance to work in the Centre for Medical Humanities are included with the links below. Individuation, Relationality, Affect: Rethinking the Human in Relation to Read the full article…

Call for papers – Health at Every Size UK Fat Studies Seminar – 7-8 November 2011

Health at Every Size UK [HAES UK] Fat Studies Seminar Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 November 2011 Call for Papers The School of Oriental & African Studies, University of London, is pleased to host a Fat Studies seminar on behalf of HAES UK.  HAES stands for “Health At Every Size”. It is an approach to Read the full article…

CFP: ‘Fat Materialities: From Substance to Experience’ (Edited Collection)

‘Fat Materialities: From Substance to Experience’ Edited by Christopher E. Forth, Alison Leitch, and Samantha Murray In today’s world, where warnings of the ‘obesity epidemic’ are regular front-page news, it is impossible to escape the ways in which ‘fat’ is culturally constructed as a ‘problem’ – even a crisis. Too much of this substance is Read the full article…