(TRANS)FORMING BODIES, One-Day Postgraduate Conference/Study Day, School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, 5 August 2005. This one-day, interdisciplinary conference aims to explore both the formation (construction) and transformation (deconstruction, reconstruction, reproduction) of human bodies as represented in a variety of discourses.

The body has historically been perceived as a site upon which the “truth” of one’s identity (race, sex, age) is inscribed. With this in mind, we are seeking proposals for 15-minute papers that interrogate the body’s apparent immutability and/or consider the (im)possibility of transcending the material body through transformation.

We strongly encourage proposals in a variety of disciplines, including literature, film, visual culture, history, sociology and new media.

Suggested areas for discussion are, but not limited to:

Authenticity and Cultural Authority Masquerade Passing and Disguise Bodily Mutations / Body Imaging Gendered and Raced Bodies Bodily Classifications Adolescent Bodies The Body-as-Text The Body in Religious Discourse National Bodies / Civic Bodies The Body in Historical Discourse Slave Bodies / The Body and Economics The Body in Visual Culture Virtual Bodies, Cyber Bodies, the Body and Technology Sexualities Bodies in Motion, Travelling Bodies and Tourism The conference fee will be £15, including break-time refreshments and lunch.

Please send proposals of up to 300 words with institutional affiliation to the conference organisers by 25th April 2005.

Sinéad Moynihan/Joanne Hall [email protected]


Sinéad Moynihan/Joanne Hall (Trans)Forming Bodies, School of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

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