Re/Launching Beauty and the Norm - Workshop, Book Lauch and Party, Dec. 13th, 2018 in Iwalewahaus

The past decades have seen a global boom in the body aesthetics services with profound effects on people’s bodies worldwide. In an earlier conference on the topic (Iwalewahaus, April 2016), we asked what the increasing consumption of aesthetic products and services meant for the particularities of our bodies, our everyday lives as well as for the ways we determine what is good, beautiful, healthy and "normal." In the resulting publication (Liebelt, Böllinger, Vierke (eds.): Beauty and the Norm: Debating Standardization in Bodily Appearance, Palgrave Macmillan 2018), we assembled ethnographic and conceptual approaches from a variety of disciplines and across the globe to initiate an interdisciplinary debate on the affective politics of beauty within a gendered and racialized global economy. This event launches our publication to engage a wider audience. In the accompanying workshop, we wish to revisit our earlier ideas on the generative operations of human standardization and normative looks in everyday life by bringing together original contributors and participants with a number of young scholars working on related issues.

Organizing Team: Sarah Böllinger (PhD candidate and junior fellow of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies, BIGSAS), Claudia Liebelt (Assistant Professor at the Chair for Social Anthropology, Bayreuth University)

For participation in the workshop, please contact claudia.liebelt@uni-bayreuth.de before December 8th. You can find the workshop programme here

The book launch and party "Beautiful Beats" (Iwalewahaus Foyer, 7 pm) is open to the public and free of charge. No prior registration is required.

Place and date: Thursday, 13 December 2018, Iwalewahaus (Wölfelstr. 2, 95444 Bayreuth) 

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