Associate Professor - University of the Sciences
Eating Right: Between obsession and ethics. Culture wars around orthorexia and veganismI would like to use my stay at Brocher to revise and refine at least two chapters from a proposed book on orthorexia. I'm interested in the intersection of orthorexia, healthism, and neoliberalism broadly construed, and the construction of the orthorexic subject as a perpetual project (Han) caught in the consumerist ideology of self-improvement. Central to the book is a discussion of the tension between eating right from an ethical vegan/vegetarian point of view and eating right from a healthist point of view.
I am an Associate Professor in Writing and Rhetoric at the University of the Sciences, a small health-science oriented university in Philadelphia (specializing in pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, biology, and chemistry-related fields). Full disclosure: my field is rhetoric/ rhetoric of health and medicine, which, in this context, seems most closely related to science and technology studies. I have published on issues related to the history and rhetoric of psychiatry in particular. For my current project I am focusing on the discursive construction of orthorexia as a new "cyberchondria" at the nexus of healthism, consummerism, and biopoliticized bodies.