Upcoming Conference: The Body and the State

By Rachel Walden — January 17, 2011

The New School for Social Research’s Center for Public Scholarship is holding a conference titled, “The Body and the State: How the State Controls and Protects the Body.” From promotional materials for the event:

Join over 35 distinguished experts in discussing the body as an international human rights arena in which many forces, such as religion, science, media, and the market struggle for control over policies that control our bodies. We hope to illuminate how the often tacit assumptions about the “normal,” “healthy,” and “acceptable” body lead to policies which are, at their core, unjust.

Topics include the sexual body and behavior, religion, gender, citizenship, punishment, the impact of media, race and class, reproductive rights, sustaining and ending life, death, biology, illegal organ trade, genes and DNA ownership and use, prostitution, sex trafficking, and the pharmaceutical industry in an international/multicultural context.

The conference will be held in New York City on February 10-13 at the New School’s John Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, NYC. The complete agenda, speaker bios, and ticket info are online here.

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