Bodies in Movement: Intersecting Discourses of Materiality in the Sciences and the Arts (interdisciplinary conference)

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Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh
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bodiesinmovement@ed.ac.uk

Conference CfP:

'Bodies in Movement: Intersecting Discourses of Materiality in the Sciences and the Arts'

The University of Edinburgh, UK, May 28-29 2011

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Patricia MacCormack (Anglia Ruskin University)
Dr. Luciana Parisi (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Dr. Johanna Oksala (University of Dundee)

The last two decades have witnessed a turn both to materiality and movement in critical, social and feminist theory. However, theorists of politics and movement often ignore the materiality of the body that moves - and theorists of embodiment and material life sometimes forget the fluidity of physical existence. Bodies are always already in movement: embodied processes are subject to both the numerous biological and chemical functions of materiality, as well as the theoretical and social mechanisms of material subjectivity. Recent feminist and critical theorists have attempted to unite these analogous although separate spheres by interchangeably engaging with philosophical theories of embodiment and movement and scientific disciplines such as neuroscience, quantum physics and biotechnology. This two-day interdisciplinary conference positions itself in this shift: it aims to investigate the theoretical/scientific/political/social/cultural/literary/virtual spaces where embodied processes occur.

The organisers warmly welcome proposals for 20-minute presentations or 90-minute panels from established scholars, postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students from any backgrounds in the Humanities, for example literature, media and art studies as well as philosophy, history of science, and critical and cultural theory. Interdisciplinary approaches are strongly encouraged.

Possible topics may include (but are by no way limited to):

Biopower, biotechnology and subjectivity
Biotechnical/corporeal cartography
Corporeality vs non-corporeality
Specific turns to corporeality in literature, media and the arts
Body as object/ object- and thing-theory
Transpositioning/ transformation/ movement
Movement, gender and sexuality
Virtual embodiment and movement
Positioning and movement

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted to bodiesinmovement@ed.ac.uk by Monday 31st January 2011. The abstract should also include a 50-word biographical note and AV requests.

General enquiries should be directed to the conference organisers: Dr. Karin Sellberg (University of Edinburgh), Lena WÃ¥nggren (University of Edinburgh), Kamillea Aghtan and Dr. Maria Parsons (Institute of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland).

Contact Details: bodiesinmovement@ed.ac.uk
Homepage: http://www.englit.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/BodiesinMovement/BodiesInMovemen...
Conference Blog: http://bodiesinmovement.blogspot.com/

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cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
film_and_television
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
humanities_computing_and_the_internet
interdisciplinary
international_conferences
popular_culture
science_and_culture
theatre
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travel_writing
twentieth_century_and_beyond
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