#CFP: The Modern Body, 1830-Present Uni of York, 3 June 2016

The Modern Body, 1830-Present

3 June 2016, University of York

Hosted by the Centre for Modern Studies


Deadline for abstracts: 4 March 2016

Further details here


This interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate researchers at any level or point in their studies an opportunity to come together to develop debates and ideas around the modern body and how it can be represented across cultural forms.


We use bodies to work, to express, to question and to reveal. Bodies are spaces and sites of concern, becoming central foci in art, literature, media, and every aspect of culture. We talk about bodies in relation to health, power, strength, beauty, personality. After all the body is the ultimate site of identity. We ascertain our individualism and seek to define our selfhood by delineating boundaries between bodies, and between what is personal and impersonal. Yet the body persists as a site of tension, full of contradictions, and anxieties of personal agency and control.

The Centre for Modern Studies invites papers across all Arts and Humanities disciplines, on the subject on the Modern Body in the period from 1830 – present.

We welcome papers on various topics including, but not limited to:

  • Mechanical bodies
  • Industry and labour
  • Mind/ body relationships
  • Bodies of work
  • Bodies of knowledge
  • Embodied discourses
  • Ethnicities and race
  • Posthumanism
  • Sexuality
  • Senses
  • Health, illness and pain
  • Bodies at war
  • Performance

Please direct any queries to cmods-pgforum@york.ac.uk and we look forward to accepting proposals of around 300-500 words. Information about registration and conference details will be circulated shortly.


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