[SydPhil] CAVE Workshop: Ethics of Pathologising Ugliness, Macquarie University, 19 March 2018

Yves Aquino ysjames at gmail.com
Fri Dec 8 13:27:52 AEDT 2017

Hi all,

Apologies for cross-posting.

*Save the date*: for a one-day workshop on the ethics of pathologising
ugliness hosted by the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency,
Values, and Ethics (CAVE). All welcome, but please register for catering
purposes with Yves (yves-saint-james.aquino at students.mq.edu.au).

An Interdisciplinary Workshop on the Ethics of Pathologising Ugliness
Date: 19 March 2018, Monday
Time: 09.30 to 17:00
Venue: Macquarie University

The aim of the workshop is to foster an interdisciplinary discussion on the
ethics of pathologising ugliness. By “pathologising ugliness” we mean the
process of reframing physical features deemed unattractive as disorders.
Pathologisation of ugliness arises from the interplay of aesthetic,
socio-cultural, legal and medical norms. Medical and surgical procedures
that modify physical attributes purely for cosmetic reasons are increasing
in scope and frequency, fostering the belief that ugliness can and should
be treated as a medical problem. The pathologisation of ugliness has
serious ethical implications regarding the goals of medicine, as well as
our understandings of health and disease. In this workshop, we hope to
examine the extent to which gendered, able-bodied and racial norms merge in
the pathological framing of ugliness. Workshop speakers include experts in
the fields of philosophy, law, medicine and gender and cultural studies,
who will explore various norms that inform our understanding of ugliness
and the factors that promote its pathologisation.

Confirmed speakers:

   - Prof Anand Deva, Macquarie University Hospital, Plastic and
   Reconstructive Surgery Clinic
   - Prof Isabel Karpin, University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Law
   - A/Prof Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie University, Department of
   - A/Prof Joanna Elfving-Hwang, University of Western Australia, Faculty
   of Arts, Asian Studies
   - Yves Saint James Aquino, Macquarie University, Department of Philosophy

More details to follow.

Dr. Yves Saint James C. Aquino, MD
PhD Candidate
Department of Philosophy
Macquarie University
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