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Monday 19th September – Wednesday 21st September 2011

Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom

The beauty ‘project’ will explore, assess, and map a number of key core themes. Papers, presentations, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

– Defining beauty – Studying beauty – Power of beauty – History of beauty – Politics of beauty – Experience of beauty – Pursuit of beauty – Expression of beauty – The quality of beauty – Beauty and emotion – Look of   beauty – Making beauty – Beauty in nature – Beauty and desire – Beauty and culture – Beauty subcultures – Anti-beauty movements – Beauty and social stratification: gender, sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, age, etc.

– Beauty, consumer culture, and cultural capital – Beauty collectors – Beauty business – Representations of beauty – Beauty in a globalized world – Beauty in the 21st century

Papers will be accepted which deal with related areas and themes.

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 25th March 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 8th July 2011. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word,

WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s) b) affiliation  c) email address d) title of abstract e) body of abstract

E-mails should be entitled: Beauty Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not  receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Organising Chairs

Jacque Lynn Foltyn Professor of Sociology, Dept of Social Sciences, College of Letters and Sciences, National University, CA, USA E-mail: jfoltyn@nu.edu

Dr Rob Fisher Inter-Disciplinary.Net Priory House, Wroslyn Road, Freeland, Oxfordshire OX29 8HR Email: beau@inter-disciplinary.net

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