FLESHING OUT THE TEXT
Fifth Annual Graduate Conference at Brandeis University
November 7, 2008
Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Brandeis University
Second speaker, TBA
Innovative critical approaches sensitive to the body constantly reveal it as an occluded term at the center of many of our cultural, ethical, and aesthetic discourses. Our constructions of race, economy, law, desire, nationhood, textuality, and even language itself owe more to the body than their surfaces may readily acknowledge.
"Fleshing out the Text," an interdisciplinary conference, seeks to probe the discourses embracing, resisting, and constituting bodies across a broad spectrum of historical, theoretical, and literary contexts. We invite papers that dismember, remember, and generally "flesh out" the body and its texts through critical interventions that open up and even operate upon them in provocative and unexpected ways.
The conference is open but not limited to original scholarship in the following areas:
The textual corpus, the corpus as text
Historicizing the body
Trauma, wounds, and scars
Narratology and narrative
Illness, disease, harm, and healing
Science and technology
Post-rational revisions of the body
Skin, membranes, boundaries
Medicine and the body
Gendered, sexed, and queer bodies
The post-colonial body
The religious or mystical body
Dualism, monism, and other paradigms
The body politic
The urban body
Spaces and architecture
Submissions are not limited on the basis of historical period or genre; we hope to have papers and panels that span an array of cultural, historical, theoretical, and disciplinary contexts.
Send panel proposals and/or paper abstracts (350 words maximum) to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1, 2008. For more information, visit the conference website at http://people.brandeis.edu/~albin/bodyconference.
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