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Symposium: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism

16th February 2017; 4.00 PM

Room A130, City University of London, College Building, St John Street, London EC1V 4BP

The event is free but booking is essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-rethinking-beauty-politics-in-neoliberalism-tickets-31687880303

Questions of beauty and visual appearing have long been central to feminist debate across a wide range of disciplines from art history to sociology and from psychology to media and cultural studies. The topic has aroused strong feelings and debates about beauty have been almost as fraught as those about pornography.

In the third of a series of events on neoliberalism, the Centre for Culture and Creative Industries and the Gender and Sexualities Research Forum at City, University of London, turn their attention to the politics of beauty in neoliberal times. How is beauty politics being remade by neoliberalism, with its languages of choice and personal responsibility? What are the impacts of intersectional and transnational perspectives on how we think about the politics of appearance? How do new notions of ‘glamour labour’ or ‘aesthetic entrepreneurship’ reframe debates about beauty?

Join us to discuss these and other issues at a roundtable symposium with 

Sarah Banet-Weiser, 

Simidele Dosekun, 

Sarah Riley, 

Shirley Tate. 

The event is chaired by Jo Littler, and will be followed by a book launch and reception to mark the publication of Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism edited by Ana Elias, Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff, Palgrave 2017.

Catherine Rottenberg and Ursula Huws will introduce the book.