What is the political significance of embodiment? In this panel, we are looking for a broad array of papers which consider the stakes of embodiment in contemporary culture. What does it mean to have a body that is contested, illegible, unreadable, unexpected? What is at stake in claiming such a body? How are writers addressing such bodies? This panel encourages papers and presentations which consider the portrayal, evocation, and consideration of such bodies in fiction, nonfiction, and cultural artifacts broadly. By June 15, 2015, please submit a 250-300 word abstract, brief bio, and A/V requirements to Monica Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org.