Conference and Talk: Weight-loss Surgery, Gender, and the Body

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

Interdisciplinary Conference:
“Gender, Sexuality and the Body”

Place:  Pacific University, Hillsboro, Oregon
Date:  October 18-19, 2013
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Keynote:  Dr. Natalie Boero speaking on:  “Bypassing Blame: Weight-loss Surgery, Gender, and the Body”

It is possible to register for the two-day conference ( or to attend the keynote address only.  For the keynote only, $10.00 at the door.


Date:  Friday, October 18, 2013
Time:  6:30 – 7:45 pm
Place:  Sarah Hopkins-Powell Atrium / HPC2 175
           Pacific University’s Hillsboro Campus
           222 SE 8th Avenue, Hillsboro, OR 97123

Reception to follow

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."

Posted by Martha Rampton ( on Oct 15, 2013 at 1:11 PM

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