Call for papers for a conference to be held at the University of Glamorgan on the 24th to 26th June 2002.
The aim of the conference is to draw together current research concerning the history of bodily regulation. In the wake of initial studies by Norbert Elias and Michel Focuault relating to the 'civilising process' and the rise of a 'disciplinary society', much work has been done in exploring themes of social and moral regulation relating to the body. It is the aim of this conference to integrate these studies, assess their impact and possible future direction. It is proposed to investigate long-term developments and changes in people's attitudes to their own and other's bodies; to highlight the influence of local, regional and national identities. Additionally, the aim is to explore the broader social and historical significance of the regulation of the body, including the development of the state, the onset of modernity, the changing role of religion, law, gender, sexuality and community in the ordering of lives.
Papers are invited from a broad range of perspectives and themes. These could include the importance of appearance and behaviour, the expression of emotions, attitudes to bodily functions, social mores and sexual activities. Consideration may be given to formal and informal codes of conduct, along with modes of classification and the negotiation of boundaries - public/private; moral/immoral; male/female; human/animal; self/other; natural/cultural; natural/unnatural; ideal/monstrous, etc.
It is intended that this conference will generate a published collection of essays. Proposals are welcomed from scholars at all stages of research. You are invited to prepare an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining your topic.
Dr. David Turner
Controlling Bodies Project
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
Wales, UK, CF37 1GY
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