Obesity: ways of knowing, subjects performed and norms fostered.

May '15

The Eating Bodies team would like to invite you for the workshop ‘Obesity: ways of knowing, subjects performed and norms fostered’.

Date: 26th of May from 13.30 to 17:30. Followed by informal dinner.
Room: REC B2.06.

4 working papers will be circulated at least a week earlier. In the meeting these papers will not be presented, but discussed. All participants are therefore expected to have read all papers. If you want to join and receive the papers, please contact Rebeca Ibanez Martin: R.IbanezMartin@uva.nl

The first two papers will be from dr. Line Hillersdal, Signe Dahl Skjoldborg and Jonas Winther from the Saxo Institute at the University of Copenhagen; then there is one from Michael Penkler from the University of Vienna; and the fourth is from Else Vogel, AISSR.

The discussion will be opened with comments from Simon Cohn (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Kristine Krause; Christian Bröer and Annemarie Mol (all AISSR).


Further information

Line Hillersdal, Signe Dahl Skjoldborg and Jonas Winther work on various projects related to the “methods and evaluation of interdisciplinary research” in the large research project “Governing Obesity” (http://go.ku.dk/). In their work, they combine approaches from Science and Technology Studies and Anthropology in analyzing “interdisciplinary knowledge production on obesity with a focus on the cultures of medicine, asking how scientific claims are negotiated and interpreted in interdisciplinary settings.”

Michael Penkler is conducting doctoral research in the project “From Lab to Intervention and Back: Diversity and Obesity”,  that is investigating how human differences are done and undone within diverse biomedical settings. His paper will centre on transformation processes and how people enact bodies and selves in practices targeting body weight. He works in the department of Science and Technology Studies.

Else Vogel is finishing up her PhD thesis on the surprises of, and tensions within, obesity care practices in the Netherlands. Her work focuses on self/body relations and the various normative registers at play within these practices.