Call for Abstracts: Health, body-weight and everyday life: Studying subjectivities through time (RN16-q)
13th Conference of the European Sociological Association
29 August – 1 September 2017
Abstract deadline: 1st February 2017
Session organisers: Christian Bröer, Gerlieke Veltkamp, and Mutsumi Karasaki (University of Amsterdam).
The session will explore subjectivities in and of everyday and professional practices that are related to health, eating, and physical activity. Also considered will be body weight as an intersection of professional and everyday practices, moral imperatives, embodiment, habits and socio-cultural, political and economic conditions.
This session begins from the premise that subjectivities, in the context of health and eating, emerge over time as people negotiate problematisations and temporality in daily life. Taking as a point of departure the importance of time and temporality – along with cultural and structural contexts – in thinking about identity, experience and positioning, we ask presenters to reflect on how subjectivities emerge in and through the unfolding of everyday life. In particular, we are interested in how time and temporality interact with risks, medicalisation, and professional and everyday pragmatic concerns. We invite presenters to attend to the lived realities of health and body-weight at the intersection of professional and everyday practices, moral imperatives, embodiment, habits, and socio-cultural, political and economic conditions. We are particularly interested in presentations of longitudinal studies and/or those dealing with temporality.