CFP: Navigating the Body: Spaces, Mapping, and Embodiment (1/23/09; 3/20-22/09)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Navigating the Body: Spaces, Mapping, and Embodiment University of Virginia Department of English
Graduate-Student Conference

219 Bryan Hall, P.O. Box 400121
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4121

March 20-22, 2009

The Graduate English Student Association at the University of Virginia is hosting a Spring conference on “Spaces, Mapping, and Embodiment.” This conference is intended to cross several periods and disciplines within the humanities, and to engage with recently opened critical conversations on such issues as: theories and forms of cultural, literary and literary-historical mapping; history and historiography; sexuality and gender; the designation and re-designation of national, political, and cultural spaces; and embodied and performative modes of history and memory.

Professor Valerie Traub will be delivering the keynote lecture. Prof. Traub is a Professor of English Studies and Chair of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Michigan. Her recent work has focused on
the history of sexuality and on sexuality in the early modern period. Her upcoming book is entitled Mapping Embodiment in the Early Modern West: A Prehistory of Normality.

Potential panel topics include, but are not limited to:

– Literature and Historiography
– Gender, Sexuality, and Location
– Hemispheric and Global Studies
– Borderlands
– Body Politics
– Commodity Culture and Texts as Material Objects
– Wastelands
– Space and Abjection
– Bodily Excess
– Memory, Mapping, and History
– Race and Space
– Medicine, Technology, and Literature

Please send a 250-word abstract and a copy of your CV to Patrick Abatiell and Sabrina Rissing at Submission deadline is January 23, 2009.