Concordia University

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Dr. Geneviève Rail

Professor, Simone de Beauvoir Institute & Womens Studies

G. Rail
Office: S-MU 401-3 
MU Annex,
2170 Bishop
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5856
Email: Gen.Rail@concordia.ca
Website(s): http://www.concordia.ca/faculty/genevieve-rail.html

Education

  • Ph.D. Kinesiology (spec. in Sociology of Health and the Body), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.Sc. Sciences de l’activité physique (spec. in Sociology of Health and Physical Activity), Université Laval
  • B.A. Sociologie, Université Laval

Mini-Biography

Geneviève Rail received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Cultural Studies specialist Norman Denzin supervised her. She has taught courses related to women’s bodies, physical activity and health at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Health Sciences from 1991 to 2009. She is now Professor of Feminist Cultural Studies of Health at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute of Concordia University. She is known for her research on women’s experiences of body-related institutions (e.g., health systems, pharmaceutical industries, media) and favors feminist poststructuralist, post/de/colonial and queer approaches. Author of over 100 articles or book chapters, she has been a keynote speaker in over 50 national or international conferences. In the last 20 years, she has received funding from Canadian and Australian research councils (ARC, SSHRC, CIHR) for a series of research projects involving women from varying sexuality, race, ethnicity, ability, and socioeconomic milieus. She is interested in the intersection and articulation of these women’s identifications with the discursive constructions and embodied experiences of the body and health. Her current CIHR-funded projects focus on fatness, on HPV vaccination, and on breast and gynaecological cancer care for LBTQ persons.    

Research Interests

  • Biopolitics, public health, women’s bodies and health practices
  • Discourses of health, obesity, HPV vaccination
  • Queer/trans bodies and cancer care
  • Feminist critiques of health sciences, pharmaceutical industries, health care systems
  • Poststructuralism, de/postcolonialism, queer theory


Teaching activities


WSDB 391 Health Issues: Feminist Perspectives


This course presents feminist, intersectional, postcolonialist, poststructuralist and queer examinations of a variety of women’s health issues. It explores the complex cultural politics that tend to legitimize existing power relations in health care, health research, and ‘health’ industries. Topics include biopolitics and surveillance of women’s bodies, medicalization and disease mongering, patriarchal capitalism and the health industry, cosmetic surgery and oppression or agency, women’s health and sociocultural identifications, feminist medical ethics, and alternative and feminist healthcare.

WSDB 398 AA Special Topics: Summer Institute

The Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute is a week-long feminist course approached from a multi-disciplinary perspective (humanities, social sciences, visual and performing arts). Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community members are welcome to attend, either for credit or as a conference. The Summer Institute consists of workshops, panels and discussions led by a diversity of instructors and speakers from within and outside Concordia.

 

For 2018, the Summer Institute’s theme is UNSETTLING FEMINISMS. Over the past four decades, feminists have addressed theories, and practices on, race, sexuality, gender, embodiment, nationalisms, and imperialisms. As a result, significant paradigmatic shifts away from patriarchal, colonial, white, ahistorical, universal and/or “single issue” feminist thinking have been put forth. Despite these important strides, conceptual, disciplinary, theoretical and practical barriers persist, thus the need to unsettle dominant feminisms. The 2018 Summer Institute will bring together scholars, activists, artists, and students from a broad range of disciplines and fields to take part in the unsettling, undoing, protesting, and revising of feminisms. The Summer Institute will encourage conversations about Indigenous knowledge and research methods, the violence of white settler societies, anti-colonialism and anti-racism, activism, art, and the consideration of new knowledges from a broad spectrum of disciplines and practices.


Recent Research Grants


McPhail, D., Rail, G., Gingras, J., & Jette, S.L. (2014-2017, CIHR, $230,130). Reproducing Stigma: Obesity and Women's Experiences of Reproductive Care. 

G. Rail, Fusco, C., Burns, K., Russel, K., Bryson, M., Macdonald, M., Moola, F., Norman, M.E., Petherick, L., & Polzer, J. (2012-2017, CIHR, $273,359). HPV vaccination discourses, spaces and biopedagogies: Affects and effects on youth’s bodies and subjectivities.

Bryson, M, Gahagan, J., Hart, S., Rail, G., Ristock, J. et al. (2012-2015, CIHR, $356,377). Cancer’s margins and the choreography of knowledge: Toward a queer biopolitics and the mobilization of public health knowledge.

Bryson, M, Gahagan, J., Hart, S., Rail, G., et al. (2012-2013, CIHR, $100,000). Cancer’s margins and the choreography of knowledge: Genders, sexualities and the queer biopolitics of access to health knowledge mobilization (Priority Announcement Grant).

Burns, K., Russell, K., Rail, G. & Fusco, C. (2011-2012, International Program Development Fund – University of Sydney, $6,000). A comparative study of school-based HPV/cervical cancer vaccination programs and HPV-related knowledge in Australia and Canada (International Linkage). 

Rail, G., Jette, S., Norman, M.E., & Tlili, H. (2011-2012, CIHR, $43,850). The weight of words: Discursive constructions of obesity and health among health professionals.

Rail, G., & Dumas, A. (2008-2011, SSHRC, $145,000). Young women’s discursive constructions of the body and health in the context of obesity discourses and biopedagogies.


Recent Publications


Rail, G., Molino, L., Fusco, C., Norman, M.E., Petherick, L., Polzer, J., Moola, F., & Bryson, M.(submitted). HPV vaccination campaigns and the discursive construction of “at-risk” girls.Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Rail, G. (abstract accepted). Obésité, normalisation et biocitoyenneté. Revue Internationale de Sociologie de Langue Française.

Bryson, M., Taylor, E., Boschman, L., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Rail, G., & Ristock, J. (submitted). Awkward choreographies from Cancer's Margins: Sexual and/or gender minority cancer patients’ encounters with biographical and biomedical knowledge in treatment. Medical Humanities.

Boschman, L., Bryson, M., Taylor, E.T., Hart, T.L., Gahagan, J., Rail, G., & Ristock, J. (submitted). Cancer’s Margins: How digital stories promote knowledge mobilization by sexual and gender minority cancer patients. Media and Communication (Special Issue: Media and Minorities).

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T.L., Gahagan, J. & Ristock, J. (submitted). Artivisme lesbien et queer en marge du cancer: de l’importance des savoirs subjugués. In D. Bourque & J. Coulombe (Eds.), ARTivismes lesbiens à l’ère de la mondialisation. Montréal: Les Éditions sans fin | Never Ending Press.

Rail, G.,  Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J. (2017). Proyecto Cancer’s Margins: minorías sexuales, asistencia oncológica, conocimiento y subjetividades (Cancer’s Margins: Sexual minorities, cancer care, knowledge and subjectivities). In A. Porroche-Escudero, G. Coll-Planas, & C. Riba (Eds.), Cicatrices (in)visibles: Perspectivas feministas sobre el cáncer de mama (Spanish version of Invisible scars: Feminist perspectives on breast cancer) (pp. 71-82). Barcelona, Spain:Edicions Bellaterra.

Petherick, L., Norman, M.E., & Rail, G. (2016). Manufacturing (parental) consent: A critical analysis of the HPV vaccination informed consent process in Ontario, Canada. In S. Dagkas & L. Burrows (Eds.), Families, young people, physical activity and health: Critical perspectives (pp. 96-113)London: Routledge.

Rail, G. (2016).La violence de l’impératif du bien-être. Bio-Autres, missions de sauvetage et justice sociale. Section “Sociologie,” Revue STAPS, 36(2), 17-31. Available here

Norman, M.E., & Rail, G. (2016). Encountering fat others, embodying the thin self: Emotional orientations to fatness and the materialization of feminine subjectivities. Subjectivity, 9(3), 271-289. Available here

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J. (2016). Projecte Cancer’s Margins: Minories sexuals, assistència oncològica, informació I subjectivitats (original: Cancer’s Margins: Sexual minorities, cancer care, knowledge and subjectivities). In A. Porroche-Escudero, G. Coll-Planas, & C. Riba (Eds), Cicatrius (in)visibles: Perspectives feministes sobre el càncer de mama (Invisible scars: Feminist perspectives on breast cancer) (pp. 75-89). Vic, Spain: Eumo Press.

Norman, M.E., Rail, G., & Jette, S.(2016). Screening the un-scene: De-constructing the (bio)politics of storytelling in a reality makeover weight loss series.In J. Ellison, D. McPhail & W. Mitchinson (Eds), Obesity in Canada: Historical and Critical Perspectives (pp. 342-372). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Adams, M.L., Davidson, J., Helstein, M. Jamieson, K., Kim, K.Y., King, S., McDonald, M.G., & Rail, G. (2016). Feminist cultural studies: Uncertainties and possibilities. Sociology of Sport Journal, 33(1), 75-91. Available here

Rail, G., & Jette, S. (2015). Reflections on biopedagogies and/of public health: On bio-Others, rescue missions and social justice. Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 15(5), 327-336.  Available here

Rail, G., & Jette, S. (Guest Eds.) (2015). Special issue: “Biopedagogies and/of Public Health.” Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies, 15(5). (92 pages) Available here

Rail, G., Molino, L., & Lippman, A. (2015).  La réplique. Vaccination contre le VPH : contre la loi du silence. Le Devoir, 29 octobre. Available here

Rail, G., Molino, L., & Lippman, A. (2015). Appel urgent à un moratoire sur la vaccination contre les VPH. Le Devoir, 5 octobre, p. A7. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2015). “Haram, she’s obese!”: Young Lebanese-Canadian women’s discursive constructions of obesity. Atlantis, 37(1),129-142. Available here

Norman, M.E., Rail, G., & Jette, S. (2014). Moving subjects, feeling bodies: Emotion and subjectification in “Village on a Diet.” Fat Studies Journal, 3(1),17-31. Available here

Rail, G. (2014). Femmes, « obésité » et confessions de la chair : regard critique sur la Clinique de lobésité. Labrys, études féministes/ estudos feministas, 25 (janvier-juin 2014). Available here

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2014).Resisting, reproducing, resigned? Pregnant women’s discursive constructions and experiences of ‘health’ and weight gain. Nursing Inquiry, 21(3),202-211. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2013). “Judging a Body by Its Cover”: Young Lebanese-Canadian Women’s Discursive Constructions of the “Healthy” Body and “Health” Practices. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 14(6),1-17. Available here

Pouliot, A., & Rail, G. (2013). « Voir »la santé autrement : Les constructions discursives de la santé de jeunes femmes vivant en situation de handicap visuel. Recherches féministes, 26(1), 131-149. Available here

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2013). Ills from the womb? A critical examination of Evidence-Based Medicine and pregnancy weight gain advice. Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 17(4), 407-421. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2013). Review of the book Fat Studies in the UKedited by Corinna Tomrley and Ann Kaloski Naylor (Raw Nerve Books, 2009). Fat Studies Journal, 2(1), 92-96. Available here

Rail, G. (2012). The birth of the obesity clinic: Confessions of the flesh, biopedagogies and physical culture. Sociology of Sport Journal, 29(2), 227–253. Available here

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2012). “Disgusting” fat bodies and young Lebanese-Canadian women’s discursive constructions of health. Women’s Health and Urban Life, 11(1),94-123. Available here

Harper, E., & Rail, G. (2012). “Gaining the right amount for my baby”: Young pregnant women’s discursive constructions of health. Health Sociology Review, 21(1), 69-81. Available here

Rail, G. (2012). The weight of words. International Innovation – Healthcare, 16, 91-93. Available here

Rail, G. (2012).Santé des femmes: Harper coupe les vivres, Le Devoir, 27 avril, p. A9. Available here

Harper, E., & Rail, G. (2011). “Silhouettes of a pregnant belly”: Investigating young pregnant women’s discursive constructions of the body. Aporia, 3(1), 6-15. Available here

Rail, G. (2011). Silencing critique in the health field. University Affairs, 52(4), 4-5. Available here

MacNeill, M., & Rail, G. (2010). The visions, voices and moves of young “Canadians”: Exploring diversity, subjectivity and cultural constructions of fitness and health. In J. Wright & D. Macdonald (Eds.), Young people, physical activity and the everyday (pp. 175-193). London and New York: Routledge. Available here

Rail, G., Murray, S.J., & Holmes, D. (2010). Human rights and qualitative health inquiry: On biofascism and the importance of parrhesia. In N.K. Denzin & M.D. Giardina (Eds.), Qualitative inquiry and human rights (pp. 218-241). Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. Available here

Jiwani, N., & Rail, G. (2010). Islam,Hijab and young Shia Muslim Canadian women’s discursive constructions of physical activity. Sociology of Sport Journal, 27(3), 251-267. Available here

Rail, G., Holmes, D., & Murray, S.J. (2010). The politics of evidence on “domestic terrorists”: Obesity discourses and their effects. Social Theory and Health, 8(3), 259-279. Available here

Corneau, S., Rail, G., & Holmes, D.(2010). Le pourquoi du spectacle: Motivations relatives à la consommation de pornographie chez les hommes gais. Canadian Journal of Communication, 35(2), 197-218. Available here

Corneau, S., Rail, G., & Holmes, D. (2010). Entre libération et représentation réductrice. La pornographie gaie masculine comme véhicule de stéréotypes. MediaTropes, 2(2),136-166. Available here

Corneau, S., & Rail, G. (2010). Après le spectacle: Les impacts psychosociaux de consommation de pornographie gaie masculine chez les hommes gais. Aporia, 2(1), 24-37. Available here

Ravel, B. & Rail, G. (2010). Strong women, fragile closets: The queering of women’s sport. In S. Spickard Prettyman & B.Lampman (Eds.), Learning culture through sports: Exploring the role of sports in society (2nd ed.) (pp. 359-371). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. Available here


Recent Conference Papers

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., & Ristock, J. (2017, Novembre). « Queerir » le cancer : subjectivités, savoirs, soins du cancer et justice sociale. Invited keynote at the international colloquium entitled « Assises du Cancer et du Genre : Autour des inégalités sociales de santé », Université Toulouse II, Toulouse, France.    

Taylor, E., Bryson, M., Boschman, L., Taylor, E., Boschman,L., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Rail, G., & Ristock, J. (2017, October). Cancer’s Margins: Biopolitical implications of gender marginalization and cancer health and treatment. Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health, Vancouver, British Columbia.    

Rail, G., Molino, L., Fusco, C., Norman, M.E., Petherick, L., Polzer, J., Moola, F., & Bryson, M. (2017, August). Overdiagnosis and the construction of “at-risk” girls: HPV vaccination campaigns as rescue missions. Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, Québec, Québec.

Rail, G. (2017, August). Challenges and potential of incorporating feminist social theory and methods in research on overdiagnosis. Invited presentation at the Seminar on Social Theory and Overdiagnosis, Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference, Québec, Québec.

Rail, G. (2017, May). A nomadic feminist voyage for collective mobilizing. Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Rail, G., & Bryson, M. (2017, May). In/visible bodies at the margins: Artivism and the queering of cancer. Simone de Beauvoir Summer Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Rail, G., & Bryson, M. (2017, March). “Artivism,” sexual minorities and breast and gynecological cancer care. Division of Community Health Seminar Series, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Rail, G. (2017, March). A feminist critique of the wellbeing imperative: On biOthers, rescue missions and social justice. Department of Gender Studies Seminar Series, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Rail, G. (2017, February). Girls, mothers, and the HPV vaccine: Manufacturing consent. Microtalks Evening, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Rail,G. (2016, October). Les « industries » de la santé et lacolonisation du corps des femmes. Invited presentation at the Réseau des groupes defemmes de Chaudière-Appalaches, Lévis, Québec.

Rail, G., & Bryson, M. (2016, September). Artivisme lesbien et queer dans les « Marges du cancer ». De l’importance des savoirs subjugués dans les soins de santé. Colloquium « Artivismes lesbiens à l’ère de la mondialisation », University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Rail, G., & Bryson, M. (2016, May). Auto-représentations et nouvelles connaissances dans les « Marges du cancer »: Sexualité et agentivité. Annual congress of ACFAS, Montréal, Québec.

Rail, G. (2016, May). Le poids des mots : représentations de l’obésité et de la santé chez les jeunes filles et les femmes. Invited presentation at « Université féministe d’été », 23-27 mai, Université Laval, Québec, Québec.

Rail, G. (April, 2016). Femmes, corps et santé: pour une sociologie engagée. Invited presentation at Université Paris-Descartes, Paris, France.

Rail, G. (March, 2016). Injonctions au bien-être, vulnérabilités, pseudo-sauvetages et justice sociale. Invited presentation at Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France.

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J., & Molino, L. (2015, August). Les marges du cancer : minorités sexuelles, savoirs sur les soins du cancer et justice sociale. Colloque “Santé, féminisme et justice sociale” au sein du 7e Congrès international des recherches féministes dans la francophonie, Montréal, Québec.

Molino, L., & Rail, G. (2015, August). Discours sur le vaccin anti-VPH: quelles éthiques, quelle justice sociale? Colloque “Santé, féminisme et justice sociale” au sein du 7e Congrès international des recherches féministes dans la francophonie, Montréal, Québec.

Molino,L., Rail, G., & Bryson, M. (2015, October). Cancer’s Margins: Sexual minorities, cancer care, knowledge and subjectivities. Invited presentation at the Breast Cancer Action Quebec and the Center for Gender Advocacy’s conference on “Where is feminism when my body needs it most? Breast cancer and the absence of a feminist perspective,” Montreal, Quebec.

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J., & Molino, L. (2015, June). Cancer’s Margins: Sexual Minorities, Cancer Care, Knowledge and Subjectivities. Gender and Health Symposium organized by the Institut Emilie du Châtelet in partnership with INSERM, Paris, France.

Rail, G. (June, 2015). The wellbeing imperative: On biOthers, rescue missions and social justice. Invited keynote presentation at the International Sociology of Sport Association annual conference, Paris, France.

Molino, L., Rail, G., & Fusco, C. (2015, February). HPV Vaccines and Discourses: Impact on Canadian Girls. International Conference on “Public Health Infrastructure in Transition: Challenges and a way Forward,” New Delhi, India.

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J., & Molino, L. (2015, February). Cancer’s Margins: Sexual Minorities, Cancer Care, Knowledge and Subjectivities. International Conference on “Public Health Infrastructure in Transition: Challenges and a way Forward,” New Delhi, India.

Rail, G., Molino, L., & Fusco, C. (2015, February). HPV Vaccines: Protecting Canadian Girls and Public Health? Fourteenth World Congress on Public Health, Kolkata, India.

Rail, G., & Molino, L. (2015, February). No longer objects: Women, health and the politicization of archives in the digital age. International Conference on “Shifting Contours, Widening Concerns: Women’s History, Historiography and the Politics of Historical Representation,” Mumbai, India.

Rail, G. (2014, November). Gendered bodies, physical activity and discrimination. Teleconference participation in theconference entitled “Cuerpos, deporte y discriminación” organized in Buenos Aires in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy in Argentina (Montreal office).

Rail, G. (2014, November). Les enjeux clés liés aux féminismes au Québec, au Canada et à l'échelle internationale. Paper presented at the Institute for Canadian Studies of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Rail, G., Molino, L., & Fusco, C. (2014, August). Guarding girls? HPV vaccine discourses’ impact on bodies and subjectivities. Panel on “Anticipation, anxiety and HPV vaccine politics. Global tensions and local enactments,” Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Conference, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rail, G. (2014, May). Critique féministe des discours dominants en santé à trois âges de lavie. Invited presentation at the « Université Féministe d’été », Université Laval, Québec, Québec.

Rail, G., Bryson, M., Hart, T., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J., & Molino, L. (2014, April). Queering qualitative cancer research: Cancer’s Margins, knowledge and subjectivities. Presentation at the “Qualitative Cancer Research" conference, Berlin School of Public Health, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany.

Rail, G. (2014, April). Women, obesity discourses, biomanagement and biopedagogy. Invited presentation at the symposia “Managing social issues.” Department of Governance and Organization Studies, Utrecht University, Netherlands.

Molino, L., Rail, G., & Fusco, C. (2014, April). HPV vaccination discourses: Impact on Canadian girls’ bodies and subjectivities. Presentation at the “Qualitative Cancer Research" conference, Berlin School of Public Health, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin, Germany.

Rail, G. (2014, March). Santé des femmes et biopouvoir : Une critique du mouvement sur les données probantes. Presentation made in graduate seminar organised at the Faculty of Kinesiology, Université de Montréal, Montréal.

Rail, G. (2013, November). Panel presentation: “Feminist cultural studies: Uncertainties and possibilities.” Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Rail, G., Moola, F., Molino, L., Jette, S., Norman, M.E., & Tlili, H. (2013, November). The weight of words: Health professionals, obesity discourse and the sport environment. Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Quebec City, Canada.

Rail, G. (2013, October). Femmes, obésité et santé: regard critique sur les discours dominants. Presentation at the l’Institut de recherches et d’études féministes, UQAM, Montréal.

Boschman, L., Bryson, M., Gahagan, J., Ristock, J., Hart, T., & Rail, G. (2013, October). Methodological considerations in tracing cancer’s margins: Genders, sexualities and the queer biopolitics of access to health knowledge mobilization. Qualitative Health Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Rail, G. (2013, May). Dones, obesitat I salut: un avisió crítica dels discursos dominants. Invited presentation (in English with simultaneous translation in Catalan), Equality Unit, University of Vic. Vic, Catalogna, Spain.

Rail, G. & Lippman, A. (2013,February). Selling HPV: Promises, profitsand problems. International conference on “Selling Sickness 2013: People Before Profits.” Washington D.C., U.S.A.

Rail, G. (2012, December). Remembering/rewriting women’s bodies: Reflections on poststructuralism and feminist historiographies. Invited presentation, International Seminar organized by Archives for Women, Research Centre for Women’s Studies and University Library, SNDT Women’s University in association with the Indian Association for Women’s Studies. Mumbai, India.

Rail, G., & Tlili, H. (2012, August). Le poids des mots : le discours sur l’obésité et ses effets discursifs sur des Canadiennes de divers milieux socioculturels. 6th International Conference on Francophone Feminist Research. Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tlili, H., & Rail, G. (2012, August). Les jeunes Montréalaises d’origine magrébine : culture, religion et corps à corps avec les discours sociaux. 6th International Conference on Francophone Feminist Research. Lausanne, Switzerland.

Rail, G. (2012, February). The Cultural Politics of Women’s Health in QuebecKeynote address delivered at the Seminar entitled “Gendered Politics and the Public Domain: Perspectives for India and Quebec” and jointly organized by SNDT Women’s University and the Bureau du Québec à Mumbai. Mumbai, India.

Rail, G. (2012, February). Postcards from the obesity factory: Impact on young women’s constructions of health. Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2011, November). Dancing mothers: Exploring alternative body practices in pregnancyAnnual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rail, G. (2011, November). Toward a biomedicalized civilization of the body. Keynote panel at the North American Society for theSociology of Sport Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Tlili, H., & Rail, G. (2011, September).  Young Canadian women immigrating from the Mahgreb and their discursive constructions of health and the body in the context of the current obesity discourse. Conference of the European Sociological Association, Geneva, Switzerland.

Rail, G. (2011,June). Postcards from the obesity factory: Impact on Canadian adolescents’ discursive constructions of health and the body. Keynote address at the CIHR’s sponsored International Symposium on “Speaking the Unspoken: Masculinities, bodies and body images in health and education,” Ottawa, Canada.

Rail, G. (2011,February). Doing more harm than good? Obesity discourses and young students’ health perceptions and practices. Health and Physical Education class, Lakehead University, Ontario.

Rail, G. (2011, February). The weight of words: Obesity discourses, biopedagogies and young women’s constructions of health. Faculty and Graduate Students Seminar, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Ontario.

Rail, G., Norman, M.E., & Jette, S. (2010, November). The weight of words: Obesity discourse and its discursive effects among young Canadian women. CIHR Conference on “Innovations in Gender, Sex, and Health Research.” Toronto, Ontario.

Tlili, H., & Rail, G. (2010, November).Resisting dominant bodily discourses: The case of North African immigrant women living in MontrealAnnual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, San Diego, California.

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2010, November). Resisting, Reproducing, Resigned? Pregnant Women’s Discursive Constructions of a ‘Healthy’ Pregnancy and ‘Proper’ Weight Gain. Annual Conference of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, San Diego, California.

Rail, G. (2010, November). The birth of the obesity clinic: Confessions of the flesh, biopedagogies and physical culture. Keynote address at the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport Annual Conference, San Diego, California.

Pouliot, A., & Rail, G. (2010, May). “I might be blind… but I am not obese”: Avoiding “obesity” as a way to “fit in” and controlling the disabled body. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Women Studies Association, Montreal, Canada.

Jette, S., & Rail, G. (2010, May). ‘Weighing in’: Pregnant women’s discursive constructions of physical activity and the body in the context of the so-called ‘obesity epidemic.’ Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Women Studies Association, Montreal, Canada.

Abou-Rizk, Z., & Rail, G. (2010, May). “Judging a body by its cover”: How young Lebanese-Canadian women construct a “healthy body.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Women Studies Association, Montreal, Canada.

Harper, E., & Rail, G. (2010, May). Resistance or restraint? Young pregnant women’s discursive constructions of the body. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Women Studies Association, Montreal, Canada.

Harper, E., & Rail, G. (2010, May). Gaining the ‘right’ amount: Exploring contradictions between dominant constructions of health and lived experience during pregnancy. Paper presented at the Bodies of Knowledge Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Rail, G. (2010, March). “Confessionsof the flesh”: On obesity, medicalisation and (bio)pedagogies of impending epidemics. Invited presentation for the “Wellness and Disease” Series, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Smith College, Massachusetts, USA.

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