Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Permeable Bodies in medieval and early modern cultures - Call for Papers

17 June 2018

The IAS is pleased to share details of this call for papers for a 2-day conference organised by Laura Scalabrella Spada and Lauren Rozenberg and supported by the Octagon Small Grants fund.

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We are delighted to invite all those interested in medieval and early modern studies to a 2-day conference on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 October 2018 at University College London. This event will explore medieval and early modern notions of the changing body, as well as changing notions of the body. Images and ideas of permeable bodies will serve as an inclusive platform of inquiry into bodies of different race, gender, sex, and ability.

We welcome 20 minutes talks from scholars of any career stage. We are particularly interested in incisive and provoking perspectives on bodies traditionally relegated to the margins, in conjunction with gender and disability studies. We seek critical and original responses on the theme of corporeal permeability across not only disciplines, but also chronological and geographical boundaries.

The conference includes a workshop at the Wellcome Library, where selected images from the archives will be displayed in a private study room.

Please send a short abstract (200-300 words) and a biography (100 words) by Monday 23 July to Laura Scalabrella Spada and Lauren Rozenberg at permeablebodies@gmail.com. We will notify applicants by Monday 6 August.

Bursaries available on application. Please find more information here

Image: 'Gautier d'Agoty, mezzotint ecorche female torso, back, 1746' by Gautier Dagoty. Credit: Wellcome CollectionCC BY