Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability (CfP, Conference, Florida, Jan 28-9 2016)

Bodies of Care: Somaesthetics of Vulnerability The Center for Body, Mind, and Culture invites proposals for papers to be presented at a 2-day conference, January 28–29, 2016, at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton. Bodies are obviously the targets of one’s daily care in terms of personal hygiene, grooming, exercise, and proper nourishment. They are also Read the full article…

Failures, Futures & the Queerness of Fat Sex: Francis Ray White (London Medical Sociology Group Meeting Wed 24 June 2015)

‘Failures, Futures and the Queerness of Fat Sex’ Francis Ray White (University of Westminster) London Medical Sociology Group meeting Wednesday 24th June 6-7pm Abstract: In the context of the obesity ‘epidemic’ fat people’s sex lives are cast as sterile, sexually dysfunctional or just plain non-existent. This paper analyzes medical discourses of obesity and sex in Read the full article…

The Body and Shame: Luna Dolezal (Book Launch, Trinity College Dublin, 25 May 2015)

The Body and Shame: Phenomenology, Feminism and the Socially Shaped Body Luna Dolezal Book Launch, Monday 25 May 2015, 6pm Ideas Space, 3rd Floor, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin RSVP via email by Friday 22 May, 2015 Luna Dolezal is an Irish Research Council ELEVATE Postdoctoral Fellow based in the Department of Philosophy, Read the full article…

The Body in Mind: Reflections on Research Embodiment (Workshop, Oxford, 25 Feb 2015)

The Body in Mind: Reflections on Research Embodiment A Body and Being Network event Wednesday, 25 February, 5.30pm-7.00pm Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford The body can be messy, inconvenient and unpredictable. When you’re a scholar, the body can also be suspected of disrupting the research process. Academic cultures tend to negotiate the Read the full article…

Blind Creations: International Conference & Micro Arts Festival (Royal Holloway, 28-30 June 2015)

This three-day international conference and micro arts festival,which will take place between 28 June and 30 June 2015, seeks to explore the relationship between blind people and artistic creation. Our definition of ‘blind person’ is broad, encompassing anyone who might be defined as having ‘non-normative vision’ and / or who relates to the world using Read the full article…

Introducing Chalkie’s Demon Diary: Mike White’s occasional rants & reflections during the progress of his illness

On 3/2/15 it gets written that ‘Chalkie’ is Mike White, erstwhile arts and health agent for the Centre for Medical Humanities at Durham University and abiding research fellow of St. Chad’s College. He has also been to some degree responsible for delivering the Angel of the North to Tyneside and for steering the development of Read the full article…

Reading & Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine & Culture, 1790-1914 (Workshop, Oxford, 26 March 2015)

Reading and Replicating Bodies: Mimicry in Medicine and Culture, 1790-1914 26th March 2015. 10.45-18.00 (registration from 9.45) One-day Interdisciplinary workshop, funded by the Wellcome Trust. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), University of Oxford In the Nineteenth century, to read a body was to replicate it. From making anatomical drawings to designing prosthetics, Read the full article…

Biomedical Sciences and the Maternal Body (Symposium, Southampton, 21 Feb 2015)

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES AND THE MATERNAL BODY One day free symposium organised by the Postgraduate Contemporary Women’s Writing Network (PGCWWN) University of Southampton, 21st February 2015. This one day FREE symposium seeks to examine the relationship between biomedical science and the maternal body as represented in the works of contemporary women writers. The pregnant body has always Read the full article…

Self-portrait without Breasts (Poetry reading, King’s College London, 24 Feb 2015)

Self-portrait without Breasts 18.30 Tuesday 24 February 2015 Nash Theatre King’s College London, Strand Campus WC2R 2LS Clare Best presents poems from her autobiographical poem cycle Self-portrait without Breasts alongside photographs by Laura Stevens. Free event, but booking required: http://selfportrait.eventbrite.co.uk For more about the project please visit the web site.

‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’ reviewed by Professor Caroline Wilkinson

‘Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found’ by Frances Larson (W.W. Norton & Company, INC., 2014).  This book aims to describe the historical significance, context and impact of human heads as collectable items and to discuss preserved heads as specimens of interest, revulsion and fascination. The prologue begins with the story of Oliver Read the full article…