Changing understandings of body image workshop

University of Warwick
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops
04 - 05/03/2015


This workshop will consider changing body image. It will consider perceptions of 'normal', 'healthy' and 'perfect', conceptually, as they figure in the understandings of women's and girls' self images, and how they are understood in current practice and regulation. The extent to which the requirements of beauty are becoming more dominant for women of all types (and increasingly men); as the 'minimal requirements' extend and are required of more, perhaps all women (for instance, sportswomen, politicians and professionals). The way concepts function to support such demands will also be considered, for instance, deviance from normality is a criteria used to justify surgery. Such criteria both influence concepts of normality (as they define abnormal) and are also influenced by such concepts, as aesthetic concerns become medicalised.

This workshop is hosted by Dr Fiona MacCallum (Psychology, University of Warwick).


 Confirmed speakers for this workshop

Rachel Calogero

Rachel is Reader in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent. She works on problems of (and solutions to) objectification of others and self-objectification and in the social psychology of gender, class, and inequality.

Clare Chambers

Clare Chambers is University Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge. She is author of Sex, Culture, and Justice: The Limits of Choice and one of her areas of specialism is feminism, including the body, appearance norms and personal relationships.

Jean McHale

Jean is Professor of Healthcare Law at the University of Birmingham and Director of the Centre for Health Law, Science and Policy. She is interested in the legal regulation of cosmetic procedures at both domestic and EU level and has a special interest in  relation to children and cosmetic surgery.

Annabel Mednick

Annabel is a figurative artist interested in how face, body and identity are discovered, represented and perceived in portraiture, and how this relates to our intimate feelings about beauty and ageing, both of ourselves and of others. This includes looking at the layers of image that we apply when we present ourselves publicly, through expression, clothing, make-up and, ultimately, cosmetic surgery and body modification. The workshop will include a demonstration of Annabel’s work.


Confirmed speakers at future network events include:

Susan Bordo, Sarah Grogan, Chris Khoo, Carolyn Mair, James Partridge, Nicola Ramsey, Viren Swami, and Shirley Tate, and further CfPs will follow for future events.