Meet the Prof. Lunch and Lecture: Sociologist Allen Furr

When Feb 04, 2010
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where University Club and Alumni Center
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-2247
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"Ghost Women of Chennai: A Study of the Stigma of Face Disfigurement in India" with Dr. Allen Furr, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology


The importance of the human face for personal and social identity, mate selection, and sexuality is unquestioned.  In fact, the human face is so intertwined with identity that the face and sense of self are often considered inseparable.

Because of the face's significance in social life, a person with a severely disfigured face is the victim of an often harsh and cruel stigma.  Although this stigma is found in most, if not all, cultures, little is known about the nature of the stigma in a sociological context.

This presentation looks into the cross-cultural dynamics of disfigurement stigma by reporting on a study conducted on women in India who have been disfigured by violence.

Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 12 noon, University Club
Admission cost: $14 per person (check or cash only) includes lunch

Professor Allen Furr is chair of the Department of Sociology

About the A&S "Meet the Professor" Series

This event is part of the "Meet the Professor" luncheon and lecture series, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences. Typically held on the first Thursday of the month at the University Club and Alumni Center on UofL's Belknap campus, each luncheon-lecture session is open to the public but reservations are required at least three (3) days prior to the event. Admission costs $14 per person (check or cash only) and includes lunch. Please notify us of any special dietary needs.

For reservations and more information, please contact Janna Tajibaeva at 852-2247 or