Another happy announcement from the research desk. My doctoral student Anke Jobsky’s paper has been accepted for presentation at the upcoming ECREA 2016 conference in Prague in November. Anke is writing a conceptual article about the beach body and proposing a new definition. And if you think that the beach body is just a body on the beach, think again. It’s a lot more than that and Anke is working to define the concept properly.
ECREA is the European Communication Research and Education Association, which gathers hundreds of communication scholars from across Europe at its biennial conference. It also holds smaller events throughout the continent and supports various publications.
I was invited to participate in a conference on eating disorders in children and young people in Edinburgh last week. The event was small but very informative with an incredible lineup of speakers, which included clinicians, third-sector organisations, such as Beat and MBEEDS, and people who have lived through an eating disorder. I talked about the connection between social media and body image in young women. Some points stuck out to me:
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I had the pleasure to present my work at the regional conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Poland. I gave a talk on online media and body image. Specifically, I shared my thoughts on how increasing young women’s media literacy can be used to protect their body image. I reviewed some popular media literacy websites and their joint features and identified gaps in their approaches in relation to social media.
One media literacy website example: http://www.about-face.org/
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