Dis/embodiment and Im/materiality: Uncovering the Body, Gender and Sexuality in Philosophies of Late Antiquity - In Memoriam Marianne Saghy (1961‒2018)

deadline for submissions: 
April 28, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Stanimir Panayotov, Central European University

Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:00am to Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 6:30pm

In his book From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity, Kyle Harper emphasizes that Christianity had made an enormous difference in how late ancient men and women conceptualized their passions and sexual activities. Also, feminist critics of ancient philosophical theories have focused on theories of matter. Fascinated by Aristotle’s identification of matter with privation, ugliness and femininity, they often tend to consider mainstream philosophies as sexist and the positive evaluation of matter and body as the gauge of the liberation of the female gender. Moreover, there is a tendency to link the Christian dichotomy of spirit and flesh to these philosophical theories. On the other hand, Late Antique scholars, following the lead of Peter Brown, have pointed to the function of sexual renunciation in early Christianity in liberating women from their traditional roles played in the Roman society. Yet, rarely if ever do scholars who are engaged in gender and sexuality studies attempt to conduct a comprehensive and in-depth study into these interrelated phenomena, while mainstream scholarship on these often turns a blind eye to the gendered perspective.

Full info and CFP here: https://medievalstudies.ceu.edu/events/2019-06-06/disembodiment-and-immateriality-uncovering-body-gender-and-sexuality-philosophies

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Abstracts proposal should include: name, affiliation, short bio (200 words max), abstract text (up to 500 words), and keywords. Please indicate if you need special assistance and tech for your presentation.

Please submit paper abstract proposal via email to Stanimir Panayotov: panayotov_stanimir@phd.ceu.edu

Deadline for abstract proposals: April 28, 2019
Notification to applicants: May 5, 2019
Email subject should be: DISMAT Budapest 2019
Presentations should be 20 mins long.
There is no participation fee for this conference.

All admitted presenters should make their own arrangements and cover travel (including visa) and accommodation expenses. The organizers can offer assistance with visa in special circumstances and where invitation letter is required.

All presenters are expected to arrive in Budapest on June 5, 2019. An official welcome dinner and a reception is covered for everybody, as well as group lunch and two coffee breaks per day during conference days.

The organizers are planning to publish the conference proceedings as an edited volume with a respected publisher; thus all admitted applicants to this conference are advised to take this into consideration.

This conference is co-organized by Department of Medieval Studies and Department of Gender Studies at Central European University, Budapest, in partnership with Hungarian Patristic Society, and is funded by CEU’s Conferences and Academic Events Fund.