One Day Postgraduate Study Day
School of American and Canadian Studies
The University of Nottingham, UK
5th August 2005.
This one-day, interdisciplinary conference aims to explore both the formation (construction) and transformation (deconstruction, reconstruction, reproduction) of human bodies as represented in a variety of discourses.
The body has historically been perceived as a site upon which the “truth” of one’s identity (race, sex, age) is inscribed. With this in mind, we are seeking proposals for 15-minute papers that interrogate the body’s apparent immutability and/or consider the (im)possibility of transcending the material body through transformation.
We strongly encourage proposals in a variety of disciplines, including literature, film, visual arts, history, sociology and new media.
Suggested areas for discussion are, but not limited to:
Authenticity and Cultural Authority
Masquerade, Passing and Disguise
Bodily Mutations / Body Imaging
Gendered and Raced Bodies
The Body in Religious Discourse
National Bodies / Civic Bodies
The Body in Historical Discourse
Slave Bodies / The Body and Economics
The Body in Visual Culture
Virtual Bodies, Cyber Bodies, the Body and Technology
Bodies in Motion, Travelling Bodies and Tourism
The conference fee will be £15, including break-time refreshments and lunch.
Please send proposals of up to 300 words with institutional affiliation to the conference organises by the 25th of April 2005.
Sinead Moynihan/Joanne Hall
Department of American Studies
University of Nottingham
NG7 2RD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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