A HISTORY OF BEAUTY
Standards of beauty have varied across the ages. In this talk, we will describe what different cultures and eras have found pleasing or displeasing about the body: allures and features, emphasized or discouraged shapes, and changing adornments. The imagination plays a role along with the values of the time. Beauty has continued to distinguish individuals; at the same time, it reproduces differences between social groups, genders and generations. Since it can induce feelings of anxiety or grandeur, beauty is also a mirror held up to society.
By Georges Vigarello, Historian and Director of Studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. He is a specialist in the history of hygiene, health, bodily practices and representations of the body. Partners: Société d’Histoire de Toronto, CEFMF, Lycée français de Toronto, département des Etudes françaises de l’université de Toronto, Les Belles Soirées - UQAM