BodyWorks: A Conference on Corporeal Representation

deadline for submissions: 
January 10, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northumbria University
contact email: 

18th April 2018, Northumbria University


BodyWorks takes an interdisciplinary and intersectional approach to representations of bodies, embodiment and sensory experience across literature and culture. In doing so, we welcome responses from a range of disciplines, including cultural studies, literary studies, philosophy, arts, history, education, media, social sciences and medical humanities. Through this breadth of intellectual inquiry, the event aims to draw together a range of approaches and methodologies for exploring various facets of the contemporary shift towards studies of the body and emotions in the humanities.


Papers may choose to respond to recent scholarship in affect studies, new materialisms, posthumanism, grotesque theory, feminist theory or queer theory. We invite new perspectives on modes of depicting bodies and emotions, and on representations of physical difference. Broader still, we welcome papers which consider how the somatic and affective turn may influence our understanding of subjectivity, politics, ethics and aesthetics.


Possible topics include but are not limited to:


-          Depictions of bodies across space and time

-          Embodied emotions and theories of affect

-          Negotiating gender through the body

-          Sexuality and the body

-          Bodies and issues of subjectivity, selfhood, privacy and publicity

-          Bodies and the impact of class, race and ethnicity

-          Representations of sensory experience

-          Bodies and issues of religion, politics and ethics

-          Bodies as narrative devices

-          Non-human, inanimate and posthuman bodies


We welcome Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students. To participate, please submit an email to containing an abstract of between 200-300 words and a biography no longer than 150 words. Or visit our site at for more details.


The deadline for submission is 10 January 2018, and we will inform participants around the beginning of February.