The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body
Book Launch, Monday 25 May 2015, 6pm
Ideas Space, 3rd Floor, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin
RSVP via email by Friday 22 May, 2015
Luna Dolezal is an Irish Research Council ELEVATE Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Department of Philosophy, Durham University and the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
The launch will be introduced by Prof. Juergen Barkhoff, Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub. The Body and Shame will be launched by Dr. Tim Mooney, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin.
In The Body and Shame, Luna Dolezal investigates the concept of body shame and explores its significance when considering philosophical accounts of embodied subjectivity. Dolezal argues that understanding body shame can shed light on how the social is embodied, that is, how the body—experienced in its phenomenological primacy by the subject—becomes a social and cultural artifact, shaped by external forces and demands. The Body and Shame introduces leading twentieth-century phenomenological and sociological accounts of embodied subjectivity through the work of Edmund Husserl, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault and Norbert Elias. Dolezal examines the embodied, social and political features of body shame, contending that body shame is both a necessary and constitutive part of embodied subjectivity while simultaneously a potential site of oppression and marginalization. The Body and Shame will be of great interest to scholars and students in a wide variety of fields, including philosophy, phenomenology, feminist theory, women’s studies, social theory, cultural studies, psychology, sociology, and medical humanities.