Bodies - Graduate Symposium - Submissions Due Jan. 25 - Conference April 28-29, 2016

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Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Call for Papers
2016 Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Presented by the History and English Departments
April 28-29, 2016


The body comes in many forms. There are fleshy bodies, whether human, animal, or insect. There are bodies that merge with machines, such as cyborgs or artificial intelligence. Some bodies are as enormous as planets or as small as a regional author's corpus of works. Others have been dissected on the pathologist's table or mutated in the pages of science fiction novels. Yet others comprise nations or societies. All have become topics of humanities analysis—thanks to interdisciplinary fields such as Women's studies and Gender and Sexuality studies, which built on the pioneering work of Michel Foucault, Rachel Carson, Donna Haraway, Elaine Scarry, Cary Wolfe, and many others. Today, bodies serve as indispensable sites of social, historical, and cultural meaning.

We invite submissions on any humanistic approach to corporeality. This interdisciplinary symposium will bring together a diverse group of graduate scholars whose specialties range from literature, history, and theater to American studies, Cultural studies, Women's studies, and Gender and Sexuality studies. Abstracts from undergraduate researchers are also welcome.

We are seeking papers that consider what happens when we think of bodies as both material and discursive sites. Papers that adopt interdisciplinary perspectives and examine bodies from diverse theoretical vantage points are encouraged. Presentations should be limited to 15 minutes. The symposium will be open to the public.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the three best papers. Winners will be announced at Friday's reception.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

• Approaches to the physical body, including analyses of human/posthuman, aging, death/dying, abilities/disabilities, medicalization, molecularization, athleticism/sport, trauma.
• Political or legal perspectives on the body / political bodies, including analyses of the body and the state, the body politic, biopolitics/biopower, societies of control, violence/war/genocide
• Embodiment as it is constructed through race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and other categories of identity, community, or belonging.
• Mobile/Immobile bodies, including analyses of migration, immigration, diaspora, trade, trafficking, refugees.
• Non-human perspectives on bodies, including analyses of animals, environments/ecology, oceanic bodies, planetary bodies, animate/inanimate/uncanny bodies, technological corporeality.
• Bodies of works, including analyses of textual materiality, print cultures, book history, linguistic/literary corpuses, canonicity, seriality.
• Corporeality and the arts, including analysis of the body on stage and screen, the painted, drawn, etched, sculpted body.

April 28, 2016 at 6 pm

Windows to Binational Health:
Preventive Care and Latin American Migrant Women

Dr. Raúl Necochea

Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Professor Necochea obtained his Ph.D. in History from McGill University. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health before coming to UNC. He is broadly interested in the history of medicine and science, global health, sexual and reproductive health, Latin America, science and technology studies, and the relations between developed and developing regions. He is the author of A History of Family Planning in Twentieth Century Peru. He is presently researching the history of Mexican health policies for immigrants to the US, and the first engagements of African personnel in HIV/AIDS research.

What to Submit:

• A 500-word abstract describing the paper's argument, critical context, and significance
• Include your name, contact information, and paper title with the abstract
• An up-to-date CV
• A brief biography (200-300 words)

Where to Submit:

Abstracts, CVs, and bios should be submitted by email to Any questions may also be directed to this address.

Deadline for Abstracts: January 25, 2016
Acceptance to the Symposium will be announced by February 20, 2016