CFP: The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe (London, 30 Nov-1 Dec 17)
King's College, London, November 30 - December 1, 2017
Renaissance Skin 1st Annual Conference
'The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe'
This interdisciplinary conference aims to consider the porousness of the early modern body as physiologically, emotionally, and socially constituted, depicted in art, debated in print and played out in a dizzying array of social practices. Historical focus on skin has often been highly anthropocentric; but bodies were not just human; nor were the porous properties of skin defined by medicine alone. As flesh it was eaten, as fur it was worn, as leather it was worked. We invite papers which consider the relationship of human, animal and matter and investigate the variety of ways porousness was understood. In considering the broad dimensions of porous bodies, and the many reasons these ideas changed, this conference investigates boundaries between nature and culture, animal and artifice, human and other.
Keynote speakers: Thomas W. Laqueur & Anita Guerrini
We invite proposals for papers or panels addressing all aspects of The Porous Body, including, but not limited to:
- Skin as a surface - porousness, hair, nails, leather, shells, fur, complexion
- Skin as a net - excretion, accretion, incretion
- Treating skin - bleeding, lancing, leeching, cosmetics, skin diseases
- Using skin - leather, fur, dress, craft
- Thinking skin - metaphors and analogies, gender, beauty, subjectivity, senses and sensation, complexion, purity, cultural contact and sociability
- Living with skin - skin diseases, skin variations, animal skin, human skin
Proposals for 20-minute papers should be sent to Hannah Murphy and Evelyn Welch at renaissanceskinkcl.ac.uk by 30 May 2017. Selected participants may be invited to submit essays to a conference volume planned for 2018.
This conference is organized as part of the Renaissance Skin project (RenSkinKCL), funded by the Wellcome Trust.
CFP: The Porous Body in Early Modern Europe (London, 30 Nov-1 Dec 17). In: H-ArtHist, 20.03.2017. Letzter Zugriff 28.04.2017. <https://arthist.net/archive/14993>.