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The Talking Bodies Project, incorporating Talking Minds

HOST: Dr Emma L. E. Rees, the Department of English, University of Chester, UK

DATES: 31st March – 2nd April 2015

VENUE: The University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, CH1 4BJ, UK

PAPER PROPOSALS: This is the second international, interdisciplinary TALKING BODIES conference, and 20-minute papers are invited on topics related to its themes. Scholars, practitioners, researchers and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines (art, performance, art history, social history, and history of science, literary criticism, theology, (eco)feminism, political theory, medicine, jurisprudence, and more) are invited to submit proposals. Questions to be considered include (but are absolutely not limited to):

• How does the idea of the 'taboo' impact on self-perception? How do writers and artists articulate that taboo?
• How do visual artists represent the complexities of the embodied self? Or, how can writers, performers, or musicians do so?
• How is sexual identity articulated by and in the body?
• What happens when the 'talking body' conflicts with the 'talking mind'?
• How do (consensual or non-consensual) body modifications silence the body, or 'allow' it to 'talk'?
• What relationships do erotica, porn and the 'obscene' have with the embodied self?
• How does representation of the body facilitate political activism?
• Where do gender and ideology intersect on the site of 'the body'?
• Is language ever sufficient in talking about bodies?

In addition to the conference presentations, there will be an exciting keynote speaker; a conference 'Marketplace' with book and craft stalls; a feminist pub quiz; and much more!

ABSTRACTS of no more than 250 words should be emailed as Word (NOT pdf, please) documents to the conference organiser, Emma Rees, at

DEADLINE for submission of abstracts: Friday 31st October, 2014

email: (Queries about the conference should also be directed to this email address. Please note that there are NO funds available to subsidise delegates' costs.)