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The Flesh Made Text: Bodies, Theories, Cultures in the Post-Millennial Era
Thessaloniki, May 2003


The Flesh Made Text: Bodies, Theories, Cultures in the Post-Millennial Era

School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
15-18 May, 2003

Plenary speakers: Johannes Birringer, Rosi Braidotti, Elizabeth Bronfen, 
Sue-Ellen Case, E. Douka-Kabitoglou, Sander Gilman

The School of English of Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece, in
co- operation with the Hellenic Association for the Study of English
(HASE) and the Hellenic Association of American Studies (HELAAS), invites
scholars to submit proposals for the international conference on the body
to be held in Thessaloniki on 15-18 May, 2003.

The upcoming Olympic Games (Athens 2004) provide a stimulating opportunity
to explore the historical trajectory of the concept of the body and debate
the ambiguous cultural situation of (post) modern bodies as figures of
crisis and fragmentation and, simultaneously, as privileged loci of
presence and wholeness. We are encouraging interdisciplinary work from the
fields of literary and cultural studies, art criticism, media studies,
anthropology, psychology, history, and philosophy, which will address
questions of corporeal representation and discourse in a broad array of
'texts': literature and the visual arts, theatre and performance arts,
science and technology, and the mass media. Topics may include, among
others:

- classical/grotesque bodies
- embodying and transgressing gender/race/class/sexuality
- training/normalising/shaping bodies
- technologized/cyborg/virtual bodies
- scientific/medical representations of the body
- bodies used and abused
- modern/postmodern bodies

Interested participants should submit panel proposals and/or 20-minute
paper abstracts of approximately 350 words by September 30, 2002 either by
airmail or e-mail. Selected papers will be published in the conference
proceedings.

For more information visit our website: http://www.enl.auth.gr/body

Please address e-mails to: body@enl.auth.gr