CFP: Reel Bodies: The Boundaries of the Body in Visual Cultures (12/15/06; 3/30/07)

full name / name of organization: 
H.A Fenwick

Reel Bodies:
The Boundaries of the Body in Visual Cultures
 A School of English Postgraduate Symposium

Newcastle University
30th March 2007

Keynote Speaker:
Andrew Shail (University of Oxford)

"Why should our bodies end at the skin, or include at best
other beings encapsulated by skin?" (Donna Haraway).

Visual culture is traditionally associated with conventionally gendered,
white, western models of health, youth, and beauty. This symposium will
focus on the areas where the representations of the body in film break
with or subvert these dominant models, with a particular emphasis on four
kinds of bodies: the Queer Body, the Posthuman Body, the Unnatural Body,
and the Bisexual Body.

Topics for discussion include but are not limited to:

• Ownership of Bodies
• Bodies in Cyberspace
• Gendered/Sexualised Bodies
• Hybrid Bodies
• Body Modification
• Body in Postmodernity

• Bad Taste and Bodies
• Corporeality/Intangibility
• Public/Private Body
• Genre and the Body
• Diseased Body
• The Grotesque Body

We welcome papers from current or recent postgraduates that engage with
the body in visual cultures. This symposium will provide a supportive
environment for presentation and discussion.

Please send 250-300 word abstracts for 20 minute papers to by 15 December 2006. Notification of acceptance will
be sent by 15 January 2007, followed by a full programme for the symposium
on 1 February 2007.

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