International History Conference for Postgraduates and Early Career Historians
Department of History, University of Essex
Keynote addresses by PROFESSOR VIC GATRELL (Life Fellow Caius College, Cambridge) and DR. LAURA GOWING (King’s College London)
This conference seeks to explore the ways in which people in the past have been rude with their bodies and their speech. It hopes to uncover more about the construction and embodiment of what it meant to be ‘rude’, as well as the ways people reacted to accusations of and confrontations with rudeness, in different times and places.
By exploring both the behavioural and corporal expressions of incivility this conference wishes to encourage reflection on the historical link between body, character and power. It is interested in ways in which the language of the body related to wider concepts of authority, such as gender, ethnicity, class and age, as well as to the politics of transgression and conformity.
Possible themes for papers may include but are not limited to:
- The physiognomy of the grotesque body
- The politics of gesture
- Humour and the body
- Authority and appearance
- Radicalism and rudeness
- Madness and the body
- Sex and incivility
- Visual and literary representation of the rude body
- The contained body
Registration and submissions for papers - consisting of a title and a 200-word abstract - should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by July 1st, 2012.
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