June 22, 2008
I-Face - A Social Network for Teens with Facial Difference
From the Changing Faces group, there is a new social network for adolescents aged 11-21.
"Changing Faces - changing the way you face disfigurement"
They have a significant presence in a variety of teen-oriented social networking spaces with what appears to be an active community and good moderation and etiquette guidelines. Here are some of the other places they are present:
Changing Faces: www.changingfaces.org.uk
Show Your Face: www.changingfaces.org.uk/showyourface/
June 21, 2008
Changing Faces - New Facial Difference Organization in UK
Changing Faces ( http://www.changingfaces.org.uk/Home ) "is a national charity based in the UK that supports and represents people who have disfigurements of the face or body from any cause."
Their focus is on acceptance and psychosocial support. Their web site has a good resource list for the United Kingdom, information resources for key areas, and they provide personal support in a variety of areas. They have a very interesting resource for journalists about appropriate ways to discuss facial difference in the news - a resource that is perhaps long overdue!
Here is a new article discussion the true love story that lead to the founding of the organization.
Rankin, David. Challenging views on facial disfigurement: http://www.epsomguardian.co.uk/news/topstories/display.var.2296586.0.challenging_views_on_facial_disfigurement.php
"I got to the stage where I trusted her and thought she was a bit different. I remember I asked her what do you focus on? Is it looks or the heart?' and she said It's the mind'."
June 20, 2008
Facial Difference in the News
In other blogs, I have found tracking and reporting on the news a way to keep information flowing. In this blog, I find I am routinely disheartened by how facial difference is reported in the media. I will go look at the news, track it, find nothing I would care to repeat, or news items that would (rightly) cause dismay and concern among the readers of this blog.
Today I was struck by two articles and how different they were. These are just examples, each at one end of the spectrum, illustrating the range of perspectives on this topic.
How disfigured Cody Hall got back her smile: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/2039134/How-disfigured-Cody-Hall-got-back-her-smile.html
"Cody's mother, Theresa, 43, said: 'We want to be able to show people how she has turned out and just how great she looks.' ... Cody said she is keen to have more laser surgery but wants to finish with the operations when she turns 18. She said: 'By the time I am 18, I don't think I want any more. Then I'm an adult and I want to do something else and move on.' "
Camp Face Opens For Kids With Facial Differences: http://wjz.com/seenon/camp.face.2.736039.html
"While we can do surgery and try to help the children, the important thing is how they deal with it internally," said Kolk. Camp Face does this by allowing the children to interact with others who are dealing with the same issue. ... "Camp Face helps build their confidence by letting them be themselves," said Summe.
June 02, 2008
The Face -- International Somatechnics Conference: The Technologisation of Bodies and Selves
CALL FOR PAPERS for panel on 'the face' to be included in the program of:
The Fifth International Somatechnics Conference: The Technologisation of Bodies and Selves
to be held in Sydney, Australia, on April 16th-18th 2009
Abstracts should be 300-500 words and should be forwarded to Prof Nikki Sullivan at the address listed below. Proposals for panels and for performance pieces are welcome.
"Somatechnics" is a recently coined term used to highlight the inextricability of soma and techné, of the body (as a culturally intelligible construct) and the techniques (dispositifs and ‘hard technologies’) in and through which bodies are formed and transformed. This term, then, supplants the logic of the ‘and’, indicating that technés are not something we add to or apply to the body, but rather, are the means in and through which bodies are constituted, positioned, and lived. As such, the term reflects contemporary understandings of the body as the incarnation or materialization of historically and culturally specific discourses and practices.
Deadline for abstracts: November 30th 2008
Keynote Speakers include:
Claudia Castaneda (Brandeis University)
Nichola Rumsey (University of the West of England)
Jennifer Terry (University of California, Irvine)
The Somatechnics Conference Committee
Somatechnics Research Centre
Division of Society, Media, Culture and Philosophy
New South Wales 2109
Email: nikki.sullivan at scmp.mq.edu.au or somatechnicsadmin at gmail.com
Somatechnics Research Centre Website: http://www.somatechnics.mq.edu.au
Please circulate this CFP to colleagues who may be interested