CFP: [Gender Studies] "The Body: Images, Perceptions, and Representations

full name / name of organization: 
Emily Brackman
contact email: 

The English Graduate Organization of Western Illinois University invites
submissions to our fifth annual conference, “The Body: Images,
Perceptions, and Representations.” The human body is a topic of both
significance and curiosity amongst various disciplines and discourse
communities. In history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, rhetoric and
literature, the body serves as a symbol, metaphor, and inspiration for
many larger aspects of human nature. For this reason, we will be hosting
our annual conference November 8, 2008 to consider the roles of the body
in literature and the overall fascination with the human form. Our
keynote speaker will be Martha Stoddard Holmes, Assistant Professor and
Graduate Program Advisor at California State University in San Marcos.
Stoddard was trained as a fiction writer and scholar in Victorian
literature and culture and specializes in Disability Studies.
Possible paper topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
• • Disability Studies
• • The role of literature in body, spiritual, and
mental wellness
• • The national and social body in literature
• • Aesthetics of the body
• • Roles or extensions of the body in labor and
• • Celebrated and oppressed bodies
• • Intersections of religion and the body
• • Colonialism and the body
• • Gender studies and representations of the male
and female body
• Accessibility in online environments
• The body and science fiction studies
• Pedagogy of the body
• Rhetorical considerations of the body
• The place of the body in popular culture
Please send a 150-200 word abstract, along with name and email to en- by September 15, 2008.

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