Travelling Concepts: the Body

30 May 2008

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane

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Convener:  Lee Wilson (CRASSH)

The body has proved to be a powerful concept for articulating questions that span gender, technology, interrogations of subjectivity and 'the human' itself.  This workshop was designed to reflect on the range of meanings and theoretical understandings that surround the mobile concept of the body.  It was practically designed for Arts and Humanities students working across disciplines, but was also of interest to those in the social sciences. 

This workshop was the third in the series of the AHRC funded IRTN workshops.  IRTN travel bursaries were available for students attending the event. 


30 May


9.00 - 9.30


9.30 - 11.00

Postmortem Peregrinations
Chair: David Hillman (University of Cambridge)

Steve Connor  (Birkbeck College, University of London)
Rest in Pieces: Travails of the Travelling Cadaver

Anirudha Dhanawade (London Consortium)
Culture Fluids: Bottled Babies, Foetal Culture, and Won Ton Soup

Nicky Falkof (London Consortium)
The Exhibited Corpse: Immortality and Taboo in 'Body Worlds'

11.00 - 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 - 13.00

Framing the Body
Chair: Mary Jacobus (CRASSH, Cambridge)
Pam Thurschwell (University of Sussex)
Girl as Freak: The Adolescent Female Body in Carson McCullers and Toni Morrison
Alice Hall (University of Cambrdige)
Disability and Beauty in Toni Morrison's Fictional and Critical Writing

Kate Elwit (University of Cambridge)
Dancing the Accessible Body / Accessing the Dancing

13.00 - 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 - 15.30

Masculinity and the Body
Chair: Lee Wilson (CRASSH, Cambridge)

Murat Aydemir (University of Amsterdam)
Image, Figure, Stain: Masculinity according to Francis Bacon

Sophie Mayer (University of Cambridge)
Angels Dancing in the Architecture: Masculinity
en l'air in the Films of Sally Potter

Joanna Cook (University of  Cambridge)
Making your mark: tattooing masculinity in Thailand

15.30 - 16.00

Coffee Break

16.00 - 17.30

The Body and Technology
Chair: Steven Connor (Birkbeck College, London)

Sandra Kemp (RCA)
"The very shadow of the person...": human enhancement , aesthetics and identity

Jo Longhurst (RCA)
What a Dog might tell us: on Photography, Perfectibility, and the Aesthetics of Breed

Marilene Oliver Poulsen (RCA)
Making DICOM Dance – The Digitised Body as a site for performing subjectivity