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Call for papers: “Beauty and Health”

14 January, 2009

Call for papers – Medische Antropologie, Dutch journal of medical anthropology – “Beauty and Health”
Please submit papers to Alex Edmonds at by January 30

Beauty and health. In most societies beauty can be seen as a sign of health, presenting the body as the materialization of wealth and power. But as anthropologists we are also familiar with an astonishing range of aesthetic ideals and body modification procedures that are violent and harmful to the body. The Western beauty ideal of a slim and youthful body leads to practices that carry their own health risks, ranging from severe dieting to cosmetic surgery. And then there is the growing importance of the ‘aesthetic of health’, the idea that the continuous improvement of the body is possible and desirable. Beauty can be both a sign of health and an invitation to endanger it. ‘Beauty and health’ in its many varieties, is a theme that prompts reflection from several focus points, not only anthropological, but also psychological, medical, sociobiological and historical.

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  1. Steve Higuera permalink
    31 July, 2009 3:05 pm

    You were calling for papers about health and beauty. The due date was January 30th and this writing is on July 30th, 2009. I don’t know how old this web page is, but do you have those papers? I am interested in ancient cosmotology, or beauty products that various cultures made for beauty. I want to develop natural ingredients using raw ingredients. many cultures used different concoctions based on their resources. Some work better than others. I find the whole thing fascinating and I wonder if you have published your findings or if you can forward any of these papers to me. In the U.S., we use a lot of herbs that grow well in many parts of the country, but unless they are Chinese herbs, I am curious about the origins of all herbs and cosmetic stuff. Thank you, Steve

  2. 31 July, 2009 3:34 pm

    Hi Steve,

    The original post was on 14 Jan 2009. I don’t think anyone here has copies of the papers but you might want to contact Alex Edmonds at the address mentioned in the above post. He may be able to help you.

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