CFP Body Narratives (SIS Postgraduate Colloquium)

Body Narratives
Society for Italian Studies Postgraduate Colloquium 2018
University of St Andrews, 16 November 2018

This conference aims to bring together early career researchers working on Italian topics across disciplines, inviting them to reflect on how varying interpretations of the body in academic theory and cultural production intersect with their own research. How has the body been variously figured in Italian culture? How has the body been exploited to further or counter specific ideologies? What does it mean to think about a body of the nation, of the text, of knowledge? How do questions of gender, sexuality, race, and ability shape what bodies can do and where they can go?

Body Narratives will provide a platform for young researchers to exchange research methodologies, approaches and questions concerning their research, and it will foster an integrated research network within Italian Studies. This will add value to current interdisciplinary networks inside and outside academia working on the consistently challenging question of the body, understood both as a metaphor and material entity. 

Potential topics of discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • Body of the nation
  • The social body
  • The body politic
  •  The body and ideology
  •  Historical bodies
  • Body of the text
  • Body languages
  • Intersectionality and the body
  •  Ethnographies of the body
  • The migrant body
  • Mobility and immobility
  • Bodily boundaries
  • Racialised bodies
  •  The affective body
  • Queer and/or gendered bodies
  • Disabled bodies
  • Non-human bodies
  • The performing body
  • Trauma and the body
  • The healthy/unhealthy body

Deadline: 30 September 2018

St Andrews (photo by Andrea Hajek)
St Andrews (photo by Andrea Hajek)

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