University of Westminster Group for War and Culture Studies Annual Conference in association with Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the School for Journalism and Communications, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
The Body at War: Somatic Cartographies of Western Warfare in the 19 and 20 Centuries
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June 2004 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW
Throughout history, war has been conducted on, in and through the terrain of human bodies–individual, social, and culturally constructed. The human body, in turn, has served as a potent metaphor that continues to inform the ways we conceptualize, practice, and experience war. Yet, despite a renewal of academic interest in ‘the body’ over the last few decades, relatively little attention has been devoted to these research concerns.
This interdisciplinary conference seeks to contribute to a ‘mapping’ of the dynamic correspondence between war and the human body in the context of Western warfare from the 19th century onwards. How have particular practices and technologies of warfare inscribed themselves upon various bodies? How, in turn, have changing understandings and cultural constructions of the body informed the practice of warfare over the last two centuries? In what ways can this perspective enrich our understanding of both ‘war’ and ’embodiment’?
The terms ‘mapping’ and ‘the body’ should be interpreted in their widest senses and papers may focus on all forms of cultural construction and production. Contributions are invited from postgraduate students as well as established researchers across the humanities, the social sciences and medical sciences, including the fields of historical, literary and cultural studies, art history, media studies, sociology, political studies, war studies, and medical history. Please note that in the interests of comparative analysis during this two-day conference, the Group for War and Culture Studies is extending its focus to include war in the nineteenth century as well as in the twentieth, and the North American experience of war in addition to that of Europe.
Abstracts of between 250 and 500 words (max) in English or French should be submitted by Friday 27 February 2004 to: Professor Debra Kelly, GWACS Coordinator, Department of Modern Languages School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW, U.K. Email: [email protected]