Conference and Talk: Gender & Weight-loss Surgery

Oct 18, 2013 - Oct 19, 2013, 6:00 PM
Hillsboro Campus

Hillsboro Campus. Oct. 18-19. Register Keynote: Natalie Boero: "Bypassing Blame: Weight-loss Surgery, Gender, and the Body." It is possible to register for the conference or attend the keynote address only ($10.00 at the door).

Pacific University's Center for Gender Equity and Gender and Sexuality Studies hosts an interdisciplinary conference "Gender, Sexuality and the Body."

Oct. 18 and 19, 2013
at Pacific University, Hillsboro, Oregon

Register for the two-day conference online at

The keynote address will be presented by Dr. Natalie Boero, discussing “Bypassing Blame: Weight-loss Surgery, Gender, and the Body,” from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Sarah Hopkins-Powell Atrium, HPC2, 222 SE 8th Ave., Hillsboro. A recepiton will follow. Visitors may attend the keynote address only by paying $10 at the door.

Boero will use data from interviews with bariatric surgeons and patients and ethnographic data from weight-loss surgery information sessions and support groups to explore the rise of surgical weight loss, the motivations of patients, and the realities of the post-surgical body. On the surface, weight-­loss surgeries appear to be a cut-­and-­dried example of processes of medicalization, yet Boero will argue that the ability of medical professionals to classify obesity as a disease to be treated surgically hinges on the interaction of conventional norms of gender, race, class, sexuality and embodiment. She will also consider how these norms are central to the way patients and doctors alike make sense of surgical failure (weight re-­gain) and talk about living with a “new” permanently altered body.

Dr. Boero is author of Killer Fat: Media, Medicine, and Morals in the American 'Obesity' Epidemic.

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