>From: Anthony Bale <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: 'Bodies past' Workshop (UK) (10/1/05; 11/11/05-11/12/05)
>Call for papers
>Does the body have a future? A series of international workshops and
>conferences at Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury
>Workshop 1: Bodies past: Friday 11th-Saturday 12th November 2005
>In concepts as diverse as the cyborg, the questioning of mind/body
>contemporary image of the suicide bomber and the patenting of human genes, we
>can identify ways in which the future of the human body has become ambiguous.
>The aim of these three international workshops and conferences,
>under the aegis
>of the new Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, is to explore
>interdisciplinary answers to the question Does the body have a future? The
>first of these workshops, Bodies past, asks what the past history
>of the body
>can tell us about that question. Two further workshops on Bodies Present
>and Bodies Future will be held in 2006.
>This call for papers for the first workshop, Bodies past, includes such
> What ways of thinking about the body have been abandoned, obscured or
>rejected? Have certain conceptualisations of the body from the past been lost?
> What kinds of bodies from the past have now become defunct? Can a
>particular image or type of body become obsolete?
> Can images, representations and conceptualisations of the body from the
>past force us to rethink contemporary categories of the body?
> Can revisiting bodies of the past help us critically rethink key modern
>and postmodern constructions of the human?
> What media and technologies of the body existed in the past?
> What can we learn about representations of the body from our own
>individual pasts, in our childhoods?
>Abstracts are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines, such as history,
>sociology, psychology, literature, medicine, law, philosophy, film studies and
>art history. We want to make the workshop genuinely interdisciplinary, rather
>than multidisciplinary, so that a narrowly discipline-based focus is
>discouraged. It is important to link specific topics about past
>bodies to the
>overall theme of changes in embodiment and the future of the body. Papers
>should be about twenty minutes in length, with an initial 200-word abstract to
>be submitted by 1st October 2005.
>The Bodies past workshop will begin on Friday evening with a reception and
>film showing, introduced by Professor Ian Christie of Birkbeck. Concurrent
>sessions will run on Saturday, with the workshop culminating in a
>The cost of the workshop is #80, #40 for students, to include a wine reception
>on Friday, coffees and teas. Please submit abstracts to Professor Donna
>Dickenson, Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities:
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>Bookings for the workshop can be made through Natalie Warner, Institute
>administrator: [log in to unmask], who can also advise on accommodation.
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