Bodies, both collective and individual, are the sites at which power is negotiated. America is composed of bodies – political, economic, religious, bodies of knowledge, of water, of work, of evidence, as well as constructs of race, gender, age, beauty and ablebodiedness. Bodies govern and are governed. They experience exposure and insecurity, they are demarcated, historicized, institutionalized, narrated, theorized, and visualized. Bodies in motion pictures can transcend boundaries in a fictional setting. The introduction of full body scanners at airports intimates the “body as a weapon” and indicates changed attitudes toward privacy and security, reinforcing stigmatization. Debates rage about how much power regulatory bodies should have over the stock market. Conceptualizing American bodies as matter and metaphor, this conference intends to create an open space for critical and interdisciplinary reflections on the construction, representation, exercise, experience, and translation of American bodies, seeking to uncover the modes of power present in North America.
In the tradition of the Graduate School of North American Studies, we welcome interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary contributions covering any topic relevant to the study of American bodies.
Papers can address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
Abstracts should be limited to 250 words and be accompanied by the author’s name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation. The deadline for submission is February 11th, 2011. A confirmation email will be sent when we receive your abstract. Please submit all abstracts and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference language will be English.