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My co-editors, Joseph Starr and Dr. Christine Jespersen, and I have received
a contract from McFarland & Company, Inc. for an edited volume of essays on
Gunther von Hagens' Body Worlds exhibits. To date, more than 20 million
people have visited von Hagens' Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of
Real Human Bodies in 25 cities and 12 countries across Asia, Europe, and
Dr. von Hagens invented and refined the method of "plastination" between
1975 and 1977 while a resident at the University of Heidelberg. The
technique replaces a cadaver's fluids and fats with plastic in a process von
Hagens terms "vacuum-forced impregnation." The resulting "plastinates" are
then posed and cured with light, heat, or gas to create a semi-permanent
anatomical specimen. The exhibitions, which typically appear in museums of
nature and science, feature whole-body plastinates in "lifelike" or
"realistic" poses (mimicking Rodin's "The Thinker," in one instance, playing
basketball in another), as well as plastinated body components such as
organs and blood vessels. You can visit the official Body Worlds website at
At this time we are soliciting scholars and writers to write 4,000-6,000
word contributions (12-20 pages) for the book. We are particularly
interested in essays that analyze the first and third Body Worlds exhibits.
We do not intend to have any particular editorial slant regarding our
subject; while we read Body Worlds rather critically, we want to allow for a
significant diversity of opinion. Our main concern is to choose the best
essays from as many disciplines as possible.
Our timeline is as follows: July 15, 2007: Abstracts Due; September 1, 2007:
Draft Papers Due; January 20, 2008: Final Papers Due. At this time, there
are no books on Body Worlds in English (excepting the exhibition catalog);
we want to publish the first volume of critical essays about this subject.
Send abstracts via e-mail or mail to Dr. Rodriguez.
Alicita Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Visiting Professor of English
Western State College
Communication Arts, Language & Literature Department
Taylor Hall 115
Gunnison, CO 81231
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