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Meet the Author - Book Chapters

Book chapters for the meet the author sessions during the GSWS Conference: "Doing the Body in the 21st Century."

Doing the Body in the 21st Century

Doing the Body in the 21st CenturyWhat does it mean to study the body today?

Bodies can be collective, material, medicalized, biological, sexual, queer, trans, normative, political, racial, transnational, ecological, historical, useful, global, affective, gendered, disabled, surveilled, controlled, subjected, transformed, enhanced, engineered, empowered, organized, discursive, aesthetic, translated, theorized, aging, acting, voting, managed, merging, migrating, moving, constructing, creating, performing.

How are scholars thinking about bodies? Because the study of the body and of bodies has changed dramatically in the last decade, we propose to gather a group of diverse scholars to talk across traditional disciplines, and to take stock of where these studies are and where they are heading.

We can't wait for you to join the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh as we host a transdisciplinary, international conference March 31 - April 2, 2016: Doing the Body in the 21st Century. 

The following authors will host discussion sessions on their recently released or forthcoming books. We encourage conference participants to read a preferred book (or sections of) before the conference.

  • KEYNOTE: Robert McRuer - Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance (forthcoming)
  • Erynn Masi de CasanovaButtoned Up: Clothing, Conformity, and White-Collar Masculinity (Cornell University Press, 2015)
  • Yolanda Covington-WardGesture and Power: Religion, Nationalism, and Everyday Performance in Congo (Duke University Press, 2015) 
  • Cathy HannabachBlood Cultures: Medicine, Media, and Militarisms (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2015)
  • Rachel HurstSurface Imaginations: Cosmetic Surgery, Photography, and Skin (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2015) 
  • Christine LabuskiIt Hurts Down There: The Bodily Imaginaries of Female Genital Pain (SUNY Press, 2015)
  • Kimerer LaMotheWhy We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming (Columbia University Press, 2015)
  • Laura MauldinMade to Hear: Cochlear Implants and Raising a Deaf Child (University of Minnesota Press, 2016)
  • Sara MoslenerVirgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Victoria Pitts-TaylorThe Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Duke University Press, 2016)