University of South Carolina, Columbia
Call For Papers: 12th Annual Comparative Literature Conference



February 25-27, 2010


Directed by Jeanne Garane, Jie Guo, Yvonne Ivory, and Ed Madden



Dorothy Ko, Barnard College, History: “Footbinding in Women’s Eyes”

Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University, East Asian Languages and Civilizations: “New Media and the History of the Body: Using the Language of the Future Present to Reconceive the Distant Past”

Peter McIsaac, York University, German Studies: “Past Anatomy: Figures of Salvage and Transformation in the Body Worlds Exhibitions”


A lot has been said about bodies, yet the body still remains one of the most contested concepts in a wide range of fields, such as art, anthropology, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, religion, as well as the study of gender and sexuality.  Thinking about bodies has occasioned ongoing encounters, clashes, and border-crossings between these disciplines.


The Program in Comparative Literature at the University of South Carolina invites submissions to an interdisciplinary conference entitled “Bodies,” to be held in Columbia, SC, February 25-27, 2010. We welcome papers and panels that examine bodies from any angle, and we especially encourage cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:


the ghostly body                            the anorexic body

the medical body                           bodies and biotechnology
the self-destructive body               the religious body
the Oriental body                          racialized bodies
emotional bodies                           animal bodies
cross-dressed bodies                      transgendered bodies
invisible bodies                              viewed bodies
philosophies of corporeality          speaking bodies

corpses                                          the “undead” body
robots & cyborgs                           the disabled body
the thinking body                          the body in the arts

aging bodies                                   bodies of knowledge

loving bodies                                 corporeality and writing

body modification                         border-crossing bodies
bodies and the grotesque               bodies “East” and “West”


Please send 300-word proposals and short bios to [log in to unmask] and [log in to unmask] by November 15, 2009.



Yvonne Ivory, Ph.D.
German Program Director
Associate Professor of German & Comparative Literature
Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Welsh Humanities Building, Room 921
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-2658
Fax: 803-777-0454
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