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Body Positivity: A History of a (Once) Radical Movement

11th March 2021 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Vaughan Open Research Forum

About the March Forum

Presented by: Dr Gemma Gibson

Body positivity has become popularised in the mainstream media in recent years. It is being used to sell everything from face cream to wellness programmes and the cultural phenomenon it has become is drawing the attention of researchers from a multitude of disciplines and contexts.

But, how do you research a community and movement that you have been a part of and perhaps even helped popularise? This presentation traces the difficulties of being both researcher and researched and outlines some cautious ideas for using autobiography in social research. 

About the Presenter

University Tutor, Department for Lifelong Learning, University of Sheffield

About Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues. The Vaughan Open Research Forums take place on the second Thursday of the month.


Due to social distancing measures, this session will take place via video conference. Please register below.

The video conference will run from 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Details will be sent on the day via Eventbrite to people who have registered. 

Body Positivity: A History of a (Once) Radical Movement

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