Looking for Panelists and Commentator (Berks 2020): Appearance and Physique in the Workplace

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We are organizing a panel that explores the importance of appearance and physique in the workplace.  We are seeking a participant and commentator for a panel at the Big Berks 2020. 

Our panel will examine the importance of appearance in the workplace.  The panel investigates how the emphasis on appearance increased employment opportunities for women but also how it gendered and limited access to the workplace.  Our panel examines how a cosmetic empire was created by applauding women while maintaining traditional definitions of femininity.  In addition, the panel explores the heavy application of makeup, use of hair treatments and the expectations placed on the body in infotainment.  Although our work focuses on the second half of the 20th century, we are open to papers that examine earlier time periods.  

Please email Carey Kelley (clkhcd@mail.missouri.edu) by Wednesday, March 13, 2019 if you have any questions or are interested in commentating on or joining our panel.  The deadline for panel submissions to the Berkshire Conference is March 17, 2019.