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Cabrini College - Dr. Michelle Filling-Brown
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The Cabrini College Department of English and Women's Studies Program invites undergraduate students and faculty to consider questions about what and who defines body image, as well as the significance of body image theoretically and historically understood.

The human body is both a site of resistance and conformity for constructed societal standards of beauty. Some believe beauty is stable and can be physically measured, while others consider beauty to be fluctuating manifestation of a cultural ideal.

Possible topics could address, but are not limited to, the following areas:

-Cross-cultural beauty/body standards
-Connections between body image and changing fashions (e.g. clothing, make-up, hair styles)
-The role of media and advertising in creating, perpetuating, or resisting standards of beauty
-Intersections of gender, race, class, or sexuality and beauty culture
-Representations of body image/physical beauty in literature
-Body satisfaction/dissatisfaction and self-esteem as related to body image
-The objectification of oneself or of others' bodies
-Sexualization of the female body
-Body work (e.g. steroid use, excessive dieting and/or exercising, cosmetic surgery, body modification)
-Historical discussion or research in psychological disorders that manifest themselves in relation to body image (e.g. body dysmorphia, eating disorders)

We invite proposals for three different formats: individual presentations, panel discussions/workshops, and creative submissions. Individual presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each. Panel discussions or workshops (a small group of presenters who collaborate on an organized discussion and/or activities) will be limited to 45 minutes. Creative submissions can be in the form of poetry, spoken word, photography, artwork, etc.

Please send a proposal including an abstract (not to exceed 250 words), title, author's name, institution, department/major, phone number, email address, and mailing address, as well as the contact information of your sponsoring faculty member, by September 1st to (Dr. Michelle Filling-Brown). For panel discussions/workshops please include the contact information for all presenters and a description of the session/workshop (not to exceed 750 words). For creative submissions, please submit either the work itself or a description of the proposed work to be presented.

The 2014 National Undergraduate Conference on Body Image will be hosted at Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. All presenters must register and pay the appropriate fees for the conference ($25 for students and $45 for faculty, which includes 4 meals). Conference will include plenary and keynote speakers and co-curricular programming. Notification of acceptances will be sent by September 5th.