"Surrounded by Bodies": Contact, Corporeality, and the Long Eighteenth Century (Deadline: September 15, 2010)

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Graduate Student Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS)
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Much has been said about bodies, yet the body still remains one of the most contested concepts in fields such as anthropology, art, history, literature, medicine, philosophy, religion, and gender/sexuality. In *An Essay Concerning Human Understanding* (1689), John Locke noted that all "are born into the world, being surrounded by bodies that perpetually and diversely affect them." By conceptualizing the world as one of bodies in contact, his assertion prefaced a growing eighteenth-century preoccupation with corporeality. This panel seeks to explore such investigations of the body by examining how these figures wrote about and experienced bodies, health, illness, contagion, mixture, and death. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the eighteenth-century body and invite submissions from graduate students and junior scholars across disciplines. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: the medical body, sentimentality and the emotional body, discourses of corporeality, the legible body, animal bodies, travel narratives and the body in transit, representations of pathology in literature and art, the grotesque, the sciences aesthetically imagined, the body in pain, the politics of contagion, corpses, and theories of embodiment.