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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am - 6:30pm



RASC/a Graduate Student Conference 2017: Corporeal

RASC/a Graduate Student Conference 2017: Corporeal Materiality Department of Art History, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University Keynote Speaker: Dr. Susan Siegfried, Denise Riley Collegiate Professor of the History of Art and Women's Studies, University of Michigan "Dressing the Head: Romantic Styling in Ingres's Portraiture"

The RASC/a Art History Graduate Student Association invites submissions for its 3rd annual graduate student conference to be held on April 7-8th, 2017 in the Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. This cross-cultural, interdisciplinary symposium will explore "corporeal materiality," broadly defined as the material experience of the body.

We welcome discussions of gender, sexuality, material culture, and affect in a range of historical and geographical contexts. Graduate students of all disciplines and areas are invited to submit abstracts for consideration.

In her preface to Bodies that Matter, Judith Butler reports that she is often asked about the materiality of the body. While materiality is a recurring question in diverse areas of the humanities, the materiality of the body in specific has been at times sidelined in favor of studies of its discursive nature.

This symposium privileges the material over the discursive, focusing attention on "lived material bodies and evolving corporeal practices," in the words of Stacy Alaimo and Susan Hekma We hope that presenters will interpret this theme as broadly as possible to explore issues including, but not limited to:

  • Bodies as material objects
  • The materiality of corporeal experiences
  • The commodification of bodies
  • Race, gender and sexuality
  • Personification, embodiment and anthropomorphism
  • Bodies as vessels
  • Digital and non-material bodies
  • Bodies and affect
  • Lived experiences and corporeal practices
  • Bodies in transition

For consideration, please submit a 300-word (maximum) abstract for a 20 minute-paper and a curriculum vitae as PDF attachments to rascagrad@gmail.com by February 20, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by March 1, 2017, and the full paper will be due no later than April 3, 2017. No travel or accommodation funding is available, but all meals (including breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided to all conference participants. We look forward to your submissions. Please contact Alice Heeren (Conference Co-Organizer) by rascagrad@gmail.com with any questions.


Alice Heeren