Bodies: Rights, Representation, Limits

deadline for submissions: 
January 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures' Graduate Student Association at the University of South Carolina

4th Annual “Cultural Carolina”Graduate Student Conference

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures’ Graduate Student Association (LLCGSA)

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

University of South Carolina


“Bodies: Rights, Representation, Limits” – March 2, 2019

Call for PapersDeadline: January 15, 2019



Dr. David Greven, Dept. of English, U of South Carolina

Queering the Terminator: Sexuality and Cyborg Cinema (2017), Intimate Violence: Hitchcock, Sex, and Queer Theory (2017), Ghost Faces: Hollywood and Post-Millennial Masculinity (2016)


Dr. Jeff Persels, Program in French, U of South Carolina

Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature (2017), The Environment in French and Francophone Literature and Film (2013), Fecal Matters in Early Modern Literature and Art: Studies in Scatology (2004)  


In recent years, the study of the body and its relationship to human perception has come to the forefront of various academic fields, raising a number of new questions: What are the limits of understanding the body, and of embodied experience? What role does the representation of bodies in cultural production, history, politics, etc., play in shaping the conceptualization of the body? How do discourses of the body figure into notions of human rights? Current debates concerning race, class, gender, and sexuality have often centered on the rights over individual and collective bodies. Accordingly, if the body functions as a locus of control for the State, how do representations of the body resist or negotiate with power? Furthermore, what are the social, cultural, and political limits of such corporeal representations?   


This conference invites participants to initiate a productive conversation about bodies within or across disciplines such as literature, linguistics, languages, anthropology, history, geography, music, women’s & gender studies, cultural studies, sociology, psychology, philosophy, biology, etc.


Papers might consider but are not limited to:

  • representations of the body in literature, film, and/or art (e.g., horror, decadence, the grotesque, the abject, the carnivalesque, the gothic, the erotic, science fiction, etc.)
  • embodied performance (e.g., theater, music, poetry, etc.)
  • a particular author’s or artist’s corpus of work
  • social bodies, the body politic, and/or the nation as body
  • human rights, gender rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights
  • disability studies, fat studies, and/or body positivity
  • biopolitics
  • affect theory and/or sensory studies
  • the movement of bodies through space (e.g., migration issues)
  • (post)dictatorship, memory studies, and the body as archive
  • the epistemology of the body
  • phenomenology, corporeality, and/or discourses of materiality
  • biological perspectives on art, literature, history, philosophy, etc.
  • bodies of water and/or environmental science and the body
  • narratives of contagion, disease, and/or plague


Please send a 250-word abstract (as a PDF or Word document attached) by January 15, 2019 to For panels, please submit a 250-word abstract for the panel and an abstract for each paper in the panel. Papers will be accepted in English only. In the body of your email, please include your full name, academic title, university affiliation, email, and up to 5 keywords.