'Routine maintenance' and exceptional procedures

Manchester Metropolitan University
Arts and Law, Lectures Talks and Workshops
23 - 24/03/2016

Hosted by Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University 

This workshop explores the popular rhetoric that ‘routine’ beauty procedures are similar to standard beauty practices (such as make-up application and hair dye) and therefore non- problematic. Many ‘routine practices’ have expanded and now include removal of body hair, salon manicures and ‘non-invasive procedures’ (such as fillers and Botox), procedures which require ‘beauty technicians’. Surgical procedures are not yet ‘routine’, but the resort to surgery is increasingly becoming ‘routine’. The workshop will explore the extent to which the boundaries between what is ‘routine’ and ‘exceptional’ are changing, and what this means in terms of what is demanded for ‘acceptability’, as well as regulating risky, but supposedly ‘routine’ procedures.

Confirmed speakers for this workshop include:

  • Marie Fox (Professor of Law and Society, University of Birmingham), 'Interrogating Bodily Integrity' 
  • Debra Gimlin (Professor of Sociology, University of Aberdeen), Boundaries between routine/acceptable and non-routine/problematic beauty practices’ 
  • Ruth Holliday (Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds), ‘Cosmetic Surgery Discourse and Cosmetic Surgery Value’ 
  • Sarah Grogan (Professor of Psychology, Manchester Metropolitan University), 'Need we be bikini-ready and wrinkle free? Women's accounts of ambivalence towards socio-cultural appearance ideals'
  • Heather Widdows (Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham),‘The demands of 'routine' 'maintenance'’
  • Fiona MacCallum (Department of Psychology, University of Warwick), 'The role of social media and Photoshop in normalising ‘routine’ procedures’ 
  • Michael Thomson (Professor of Law, University of Leeds), 'From the routine to the exceptional?: Parental choice, male cutting, and changing public discourse'. 


NB: Attendance at this workshop is strictly by invitation only.