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The Beautiful and the Ugly: Body Representations

Le beau et le laid : les représentations du corps

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Published on Monday, November 30, 2009 by Karim Hammou


Le premier symposium international de Corpus, Groupe international d'études culturelles sur le corps aura lieu les 7 et 8 janvier 2010 à Lisbonne. Il rassemblera autour du thème « Le beau et le laid : les représentations du corps » des chercheurs venus d'une quinzaine de pays.



Lisbon, January 7th-8th  2010



Instituto de Estudos de Literatura Tradicional
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
universidade nova de lisboa



Reception of participants by the coordinators

Inês de Ornellas e Castro (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal) & Frédéric Duhart (EHESS, France):  The Beautiful and the Ugly: A Brief Introduction.

Canons of Beauty, Definitions of Ugliness (1), 9 h30 – 11 h 30

  • Marina Cavicchioli (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil): The Beauty and the Beast in the Roman Representations: Reviewing the Myth.
  • Huang Chun (National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan): Body and Beauty in the Era of Science and Consumerism Marxist, Phenomenological, or Post-modern?
  • Milly Heyd (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel): Body and Skin Questioning Beauty/Ugliness in Viennese Art (Fin-de-Siècle and Post 1945).
  • Sixto J. Castro (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain): Naturalization of Beauty and Ugliness. The Building of a New Canon.

Coffee Break

Canons of Beauty, Definitions of Ugliness (2), 12 h 00 – 13 h 30

  • Mario Tanga (Science historian, Arezzo, Italy): Transparency as Beauty: Della Porta’s Physiognomics, a Fundamental Step in the History of Body Image.
  • Mohey Mofawy (Northern Michigan University, USA): A Clash of Norms: When Biological Needs and Cultural Perception of Attractiveness Collide.
  • Meiling Chien (National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan): Beautiful Women Will Not Marry Outside Our Village”: Hmub Views on Beauty, Body, and the Value of Affinity.
  • Lynn Sally (Metropolitan College of New York, USA): It is the Ugly that is So Beautiful’:  Performing the Monster/Beauty Continuum in American Neo-Burlesque.

Lunch time

Aesthetics of the Body (Poster Session), 15 h 00-16 h 00

  • Stéphanie Bouguet (Université de Bordeaux 3, France): Le sublime à l’œuvre dans la peinture de Jenny Saville.
  • Julien Acquatella (EHESS/ Centre Marc Bloch, France/Germany): The Aesthetic Corruption as the Beginnings of an Anthropological Revolution. The Case of the Two German Dictatorships
  • María Eugenia García Sottile (Universidad Católica de Valencia/ U. Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain): Beauty's Concave Mirror.
  • Erika Thomas (Université de Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, France): “La vérité pourrais-tu la supporter?” Abre los ojos [Open Your Eyes] d'Alejandro Amenábar (1997).
  • Zakia Maaouia (Université de Paris I Sorbonne, France): Les artistes se" monstrent". Politics of Body in Post-human Art.
  • Caroline Giacomoni, Hélène Hoarau, Elisa Venturini & Maïder Melin (EHESS/Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Bordeaux, France): The Transformed Body: Gynaecological Cancer Impact on Women (Bordeaux, France).

Repulsions, seductions (1), 16 h 00-17 h 45

  • Palmira Fontes da Costa (Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal): The Beauty of Monsters.
  • Ana María Palacio Sánchez (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain): Two Renaissance Women: The Beautiful Goddess and The Obnoxious Witch.
  • Patrícia Pascoal (Faculdade de Psicologia da Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal): Body image and sexual functioning.
  • Natália Maria Lopes Nunes (IELT- Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal): Negation of Woman Beauty and Attractiveness. The Legend of Saint Onofrio (The Women "turned" into a Man).
  • Dorothée Guilhem (CNRS / UMR 6578 Unité d'Anthropologie Bioculturelle, France) & Meryem Sellami (Université Marc Bloch, France): Body Images among Teenagers in France.

Coffee Break

repulsions, seductions (2), 18 h 00-19 h 30

  • Immanuel Mifsud (University of Malta): Fat and Dark is Beautiful /is Ugly: a History of the Maltese Body through Twentieth Century Poetry.
  • Agathe Brun (Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France): A Veil of Beauty before the Gates of Hell: Appearances put to test in Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray.
  • Deniz Aktan Kucuk (Bahçesehir Üniversitesi, Turkey) & Gülşah Taşkın (Koç University, Turkey): The Beatutiful and the Ugly: Notes on the Classical and Modern Turkish Literature.

Friday, jANUARY 8th

Producing beauty: artefacts and body transformations (1), 9 h 30-10 h 50

  • Débora Krischke Leitão (Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Brazil) & Marie Eunice Maciel (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil): Manipulating Bodies and Pixels. Thoughts about the Brazilian Beauty.
  • Salomé Deboos (Centre d'études de l'Inde et de l'Asie du Sud, France): "Demo tene sokpo ?" Beautiful and Awful in Zanskar Valley.
  • Jean M. Borgatti (Clark University, USA): The Beautiful and the Ugly as Signifiers of Morality and Power in Okpella (Nigeria) Masking Traditions.
  • F. Xavier Medina Lucques (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain) & David Fornons (Departament d’Educació, Generalitat de Catalunya, Spain): Inside and Outside the Prison: Male Bodies, Tattoos and identities.

Coffee Break 

Producing beauty: artefacts and body transformations (2), 11 h 30-13 h 00

  • Francis Moulinat (Ateliers Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, France): The Fig Leaf or the Nether-world of the Body.
  • Carlos Augusto Ribeiro (IELT -Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal): About the Body as Robe: Ethereal Bodies and Remains of Meat.
  • Koen Beumer (Adviesraad voor het Wetenschaps- en Technologiebeleid, Netherlands): The Beauty and the Beast: Scars According to the Scarification Subculture and the Medical World.

Lunch time 

BEAUTY IN SOCIETY (Poster Session), 14 h 30-15 h 40

  • Gabriela-Mariana Luca (Universitatea de Medicina şi Farmacie din Timişoara, Romania): Jesus under the Stars. Euphoria and Beatitude of the Disabled Body.
  • Hussein Al Othman (Sharjah University, United Arab Emirates): Attitudes of Emirati Youth toward Transformed Body. An Empirical Study.
  • Verónica Villasebil Loma (UNED, Spain): The "Corporeization" of the Firm.
  • Jean-Charles Jobart (Université de Toulouse 1, France): Beauty and Ugliness in Law.
  • Céline Ducant (Université de Versailles St-Quentin en Yvelines, France): The Body of the Politician. Does image have to charm before the ideas convince?
  • Marion Haza (Université de Poitiers, France): Modification of the Body Image among the Teenagers after a Tattoo or a Piercing: What are the Aesthetic Stakes?
  • María Pilar Asensio Bazán (Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain): Young People's Food Habits and Practices in Zaragoza.
  • Virginia Romero Plana (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain): The beautiful and the ugly: intermingled with Feelings and Aesthetic.

Beauty in action, beauty of the action (1), 15 h 40-17 h 20

  • Shuenn-Der Yu (Academia Sinica, Institute of Ethnology, Taiwan): The Elegant Body in Taiwanese Tea Ceremony.
  • Carlos Nogueira (IELT- Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal): Body Images in the Portuguese Erotic and Satirical Poetry of the Eighteenth Century.
  • Rui Carlos Fonseca (CEC- Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal): Muscles and Rags: Homeric Examples of Subverted Beauty.
  • Pia Pandelakis (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, France): When the Good Meets the Ugly: The Relationship between Heroes & Nerds in Contemporary American Cinema

Coffee Break 

Beauty in action, beauty of the action (2), 17 h 40-19 h 30

  • Barış Karaağaç & Elizabeth Dauphinee (York University, Canada): Wrestling with Oil: Sociosexual Representations of Turkish Masculinity and the Paradox of Heteronormativity in the Practice of Yağlı Güreş.
  • María José García Soler (Universidad del País vasco, Spain): Beauty and Ugliness in the Greek Athlete Body.
  • Sylvain Ferez (Université de Montpellier 1, France): The Sportswoman's body as a challenge... at the risk of becoming a freak.
  • Alexandru Dincovici (Şcoala Naţională de Studii Politice şi Administrative, Romania): A Beautiful but Damaged Body. What the muscles cover up.
  • Hubert Cahuzac (Université de Bordeaux 3, France): Set of Types and Categories of the Beautiful: the Transformation of the Ordinary Body in Rugby Culture.

Closure and Final words

Location :

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Univ. Nova de Lisboa
Edifício das Unidades de Investigação - sala multiusos (4th floor)
Av de Berna, nº26,  Lisboa


Frédéric Duhart
0033 6 16 12 97 32


Inês de Ornellas e Castro iorncastro@netcabo.pt
00351 965 739 179


  • Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas – Univ. Nova de Lisboa Edifício das Unidades de Investigação - sala multiusos (4th floor) Av de Berna, nº26, Lisboa
    Lisbon, Portugal


  • Friday, January 08, 2010
  • Thursday, January 07, 2010


  • corps, représentation, esthétique, norme, sport, art


  • Frédéric Duhart
    courriel : frederic [dot] duhart [at] orange [dot] fr

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  • Frédéric Duhart
    courriel : frederic [dot] duhart [at] orange [dot] fr

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