Tag Archives: Physical body

CFP: Permeable Bodies in Medieval and Early Modern (London, 5-6 Oct 18)

University College London, October 5 – 06, 2018
Deadline: Jul 23, 2018

Permeable Bodies in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture

In recent years, the human body has gained a prominent position in discussions of medieval and early modern cultures. The troublesome contingency of the human body encompassed critical boundaries between inside and outside, and became a central concern in religious, political, and economical developments. Medieval bodies were permeable microcosms, not only sites containment but also of revelatory experiences. In the early modern period, body and identity were indistinct, interdependent categories, inseparable from the natural and cultural space that they inhabited. This logic of perpetual fluidity both generated a disquieting sense of impending doom, but also allowed for the propagation of multiple possibilities of understanding, which materialised into a rich visual and material culture.

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Birkbeck Medieval Seminar: The Productive Medieval Body

chirurgia.jpgThe Birkbeck Medieval Seminar is an annual event. It is free and open to all scholars of the Middle Ages. It is designed to foster conversation and debate on a particular topic within medieval studies by providing the opportunity to hear new research from experts in the field. We are a welcoming and inclusive environment. This venue is fully accessible. Please contact Isabel Davis (i.davis@bbk.ac.uk) for futher information or if you need help using the registration site.

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Conference: Corps troublants (Paris, 19 Jan 18)

Centre André Chastel, Salle Ingres, Galerie Colbert, 2 rue Vivienne 75002 Paris, January 19, 2018

Corps troublants. Images et imaginaires dans la première modernité

Pieter_Bruegel_the_Elder-_The_Seven_Deadly_Sins_or_the_Seven_Vices_-_Anger1. Dynamiques et configurations corporelles

Workshop au Centre A. Chastel, Salle Ingres

Première rencontre du cycle » Corps troublants. Images et imaginaires dans la première modernité » organisé par Francesca Alberti (CESR /Université François-Rabelais, Tours) et Antonella Fenech Kroke (Centre André Chastel/CNRS). Le workshop a reçu le soutien du GIS Humanités.
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Call for Papers: Moving Body Parts: Transcendence of Time and Space


Call for Papers: Moving Body Parts:

Their Transcendence of Time and Space in Pre-Modern Europe

Munich, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, April 11 – 12, 2014

Deadline: Jan 10, 2014

According to Jean-Claude Schmitt, “the dead have no existence other
than that which the living imagine for them” – and sometimes, the
living not only force them to exist in their memory but also to persist
materially. By keeping the mortal remains above the earth, by dividing
them, manipulating them and moving them to different places, the
deceased are assigned a very active role within the world of the
living. The title of this workshop includes, however, also a second
“species” of migrating bodily fragments, namely body parts that are
imagined to be moving by themselves. We are not sure whether the
movement of real, physical body parts can reasonably be linked with the
stories of actively wandering body parts as they can be found in
hagiography, secular badges and popular literature of the time, but
from our perspective it seems worthwhile to think about it, the more so
as for some years now there has been developing a broad area of
research on objects that move and migrate. Within our workshop the
following perspectives on body parts in pre-modern Europe might be

– the reasons why body parts were moved
– the way in which they were moved
– how they were visualized
– the nature of the transport media, both visual and material
– the benefits of body parts transcending space and time
– which body parts could be imagined to be moving

Romedio Schmitz-Esser (Historisches Seminar der LMU München)
Urte Krass (Institut für Kunstgeschichte der LMU München)
Munich Research Center Foundations of Modernity

We welcome paper proposals from a variety of fields, including art
history, history, archaeology, philosophy, cultural history, visual
culture, and medieval literature.

Please submit an abstract (with a maximum of 2.500 characters) plus a
brief CV along with your contact information in one PDF document by
January 10, 2014 to Romedio Schmitz-Esser (Historisches Seminar,
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1,
80539 München; e-mail: r.schmitz-esser@lmu.de).