Failures, Futures & the Queerness of Fat Sex: Francis Ray White (London Medical Sociology Group Meeting Wed 24 June 2015)

‘Failures, Futures and the Queerness of Fat Sex’ Francis Ray White (University of Westminster) London Medical Sociology Group meeting Wednesday 24th June 6-7pm Abstract: In the context of the obesity ‘epidemic’ fat people’s sex lives are cast as sterile, sexually dysfunctional or just plain non-existent. This paper analyzes medical discourses of obesity and sex in Read the full article…

Fashionable Diseases: Medicine, Literature and Culture, 1660-1832 (Conference, Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, 3-5th July 2014)

The conference will consider the debate on fashion and sickness that linked melancholy, the vapours, nervousness, gout, consumption and many other diagnoses with the elite and superior sensibility. Its central aim is to take a new look at the topic by taking into account voices from beyond the social and medical elite, focusing on the Read the full article…

The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity – reviewed by Dr Katherine Harvey

‘The Metamorphoses of Fat: A History of Obesity’ by Georges Vigarello (Columbia University Press, 2013). Dr Katherine Harvey is an Associate Lecturer in Medieval History at Birkbeck, University of London, and in receipt of a Postdoctoral Fellowship funded by the Society for Renaissance Studies. She is currently researching the interactions between bishops, medical knowledge and the medical 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…