International Conference on Body Image and Identity in Contemporary Society

April 8-9, 2011

The Graduate Center
City University of New York
New York, NY

Join scholars from around the world to explore the connections between body image and identity through multidisciplinary lenses.

Congress Conveners

• Drs. Céline Masson and Catherine Desprats-Pequignot, Pandora Research Group, University of Paris Diderot
• Dr. William Ebenstein, University Dean for Health and Human Services, CUNY

And Keynote Addresses from

• Hans-OttoThomashoff, M.D., Ph.D., World Psychiatric Association
• Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Ph.D., The Graduate Center/CUNY, Sociology/Women’s Studies


How does body image affect the construction of contemporary identity ?

What practices, behaviors and medical interventions influence this process ?

What role do social constructions of the norm, pathology and disability play in society ?

How does the “imaginary” metaphorical body as the subject of art correlate with the actual physical body as the subject of medicine or science ?