'The Kiss in History' will be a one-day conference organized by the Bedford Centre for the History of Women, Royal Holloway, University of London, on Saturday 1 July 2000.
The kiss has served as a capacious carrier of much social, political and cultural freight. It has acted as a gesture through which a range of social relationships were forged and reproduced. Indeed, the kiss has been infused with notions of power and authority. While clearly bearing connotations of a sexual and erotic nature, the kiss has signalled danger, transgression, betrayal and the power to transform.
The organizers invite contributions for papers of 20 minutes which explore the kiss in cultural artefacts, print cultures or practice in any time or place.
Key themes may include:
Intimacy and love
Affection and friendship
The emotional and the physical
Reverence and worship
Danger, transgression and profanity
Dr Karen Harvey
Dept of History
University of London
Surrey. TW20 0EX
England Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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