Conference on Body Image and Contemporary Society

Announcement and Call for Papers

International Conference on Body Image and Contemporary Society

April 8-9, 2011

Through a variety of disciplinary lenses, the conference will explore the inter-connections between body image and contemporary identity.  Presentations will address some of the following overarching themes:

  • How does body image affect the construction of contemporary identity?  What practices, behaviors and medical interventions influence this process?
  • What role do the social constructs of the norm, pathology and disability play in modern society?
  • How does the “imaginary,” metaphorical body as the subject of art correlate with the actual physical body as the subject of medicine science?

The above questions represent broad line of inquiry than specific paper topics.  Participants from all relevant academic disciplines are invited to submit proposals for either individual papers or entire panels (minimum of 3 and maximum of 4 participants per panel).

Intercultural approaches are strongly encouraged!

The working language of the conference will be English.  Selected sessions may be conducted in French with simultaneous translations.

Proposals are accepted until September 30, 2010.

Please send your 250-Word abstracts with your name and affiliation to:

The CUNY Graduate Center jointly organized by the office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services & the Office of the University Dean for Health and Human Services, City University of New York, USA and Pandora research group of the Centre de Recherches Psychanalyse, Médecine et Société, Université Paris-Diderot, France

Co-Sponsored by the World Psychiatric Association (Section on Art and Psychiatry)

Congress Presidents: Prof. William Ebestein (CUNY) and Dr. Céline Masson (Université de Pariss VII)

Chair of the Supervisory Committee: Dr. Ekaterina Sukhanova (CUNY)

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