Corrected Bodies. A History of Artificial Beauty in the Modern Era

Completed PhD project

Beauty is more than just a question of taste. Since the Enlightenment, it has been ascertained in accordance with scientific insights and models of social order. In which way, however, have these insights change over the course of the modern era? Which social structures, which cultural values were reflected in ideals of beauty? The project ‘Corrected Bodies’ conceived the history of cosmetically corrected bodies as a history of their technical creation and social evaluation. In the process, it could be demonstrated that and to what extent concepts of beauty were also always a special variant form of social self-definition.

 

Publication:
Annelie Ramsbrock: Korrigierte Körper. Eine Geschichte künstlicher Schönheit in der Moderne, Göttingen 2011.

Dr. Annelie Ramsbrock

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, Raum E. 2.02
Phone.: 0331/74510-127
Fax: 0331/74510-143

E-Mail: ramsbrock [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung

Corrected Bodies. A History of Artificial Beauty in the Modern Era

Completed PhD project

Beauty is more than just a question of taste. Since the Enlightenment, it has been ascertained in accordance with scientific insights and models of social order. In which way, however, have these insights change over the course of the modern era? Which social structures, which cultural values were reflected in ideals of beauty? The project ‘Corrected Bodies’ conceived the history of cosmetically corrected bodies as a history of their technical creation and social evaluation. In the process, it could be demonstrated that and to what extent concepts of beauty were also always a special variant form of social self-definition.

 

Publication:
Annelie Ramsbrock: Korrigierte Körper. Eine Geschichte künstlicher Schönheit in der Moderne, Göttingen 2011.

Dr. Annelie Ramsbrock

Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam
Am Neuen Markt 1
14467 Potsdam

Office: Am Neuen Markt 9d, Raum E. 2.02
Phone.: 0331/74510-127
Fax: 0331/74510-143

E-Mail: ramsbrock [at] zzf-potsdam.de

Forschung