3RD MAY 2018, 8:30 am – 18:00 pm


  • REGISTRATION: 8:30am – 9:00am

  • 9:00am – 10:30am

Parallel Panel 1: Biopolitical Bodies

Madeleine Le Bourdon Northumbria University Understanding Global Citizenship In Practice
Halina Gąsiorowska SWPS University American Homeless Bloggers’ Embodiment of Dissensus
Elizabeth Johnson University of London, Birkbeck College Bodies in Space: The Holographic Figure in the Work of Bruce Nauman


Parallel Panel 2: More-Than-Human Bodies

Louise Mackenzie Northumbria University Cells of L’Avenir – The Body Reconsidered
Xiana Vazquez University of Hull A Defence of Relations in Animal Ethics: Making Connections Between Species

BREAK: 10:30am – 10:45am
  • 10:45am – 12:15am

Parallel Panel 3: Sensing Bodies

Thomas Tajo and Daniel Kish World Access for the Blind FlashSonar or Echolocation Education: Expanding the Function of Hearing and Changing the Meaning of Blindness
Juliette Salme University of Liège Crafting (Dead) Bodies, Crafting Oneself: An Anthropological Enquiry of the Anatomy Lesson

Parallel Panel 4: Building Bodies

Francesca Steele Northumbria University The Female Bio Cutup – Reshaping, Reworking and Undoing
Isabel Fontbona University of Girona The Female’s Bodybuilding Corporeality: Metamorphosing the Flesh to Build a New Feminine Identity (Accompanied with a Performance)
BREAK 12:15pm – 1:00pm
  • 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Parallel Panel 5: Feminist Bodies

Paulina Trakul Independent Researcher “Weighted down”: The Portrayal of the Female Body with Reference to the Duality of Mind/Body and Literacy on the Example of Adeline Mowbray (1805) by Amelia Opie
Piret Põldver Tartu University Body As A Threat


Parallel Panel 6: Texts and Texture: Bodies in Literature

Marine Furet Cardiff University From “Vinyl Sleek” to “Sweet Scab”: Angela Carter’s Textural Language
Kath Lawson Hughes Swansea College of Art Auto-Fiction as Methodology: The Body as Somatic Narrative Device
Merlin Kirikal Tallinn University The Temperature, Size and Texture of Female Bodies in Johannes Semper’s Oeuvre
BREAK: 2:30pm – 2:45pm
  • 2:45pm – 4:15 – Disabled Bodies, Mental Health, and Eating Disorders

Parallel Panel 7

Judith Drake University of Edinburgh Embodying Disability Aesthetic
Grace Lucas City, University of London Mental Health is Not All in Our Heads
Gisella Orsini University of Malta


The Power of Thinness: Understanding the Morality of Eating Disorders


Parallel Panel 8

Athia Choudury University of Southern California Vernaculars of the Flesh: Fattening Practices and Colonial Feeling
Eleanor Byrne University of York ‘The Lived Body, its Disruption and Maternal Well-being’
Botsa Katara Durham University The Prosthetic Body: Abled, Disabled or Posthuman?
BREAK: 4:15pm – 4:45pm
  • 4:45pm – 6:00pm: Keynote Lecture: Lisa Blackman

    • ‘The bodies we inhabit do not end at the skin. We are always entering into new relations of emergence and becoming. Whilst at the same time, we live culturally specific norms of personhood or subjectivity that become part of our deep history – how we think, react, feel, respond etc. This distinction between processual theories of becoming and interdisciplinary debates on subjectivity, as they intersect with affect studies, will be a key focus of the lecture today. I have called this paradox the problem of the “one and many” in my book, Immaterial Bodies: Affect, Embodiment, Mediation (Sage, 2012); this paradox relates to the fact that our bodies are both open and processual, whilst at the same time we live specific local norms of personhood that shape what becomes available to us as processes and practices of becoming. This paradox is vexed and difficult to theorise and I argue is one of the challenging questions for theories of the body and affect and interdisciplinary study and practice.’