CFP: What is the History of the Body?

One Day Colloquium
Friday March 14th, 2014
Institute of Historical Research

What is the history of the body? Many historians have pointed out that “the body” is a worryingly broad historical theme, covering topics as diverse as anthropometrics, dancing, gesture, clothing, sexuality, gender, childhood, animals, aging, death, illness, class, food, sport, and spirituality. Everything and anything is related to bodily experience, and it is tempting to suggest that what is needed is not a history of The Body, but a history of bodies.

Proposals for papers focusing on case studies with wider implications for how historians understand what the history of the body is are welcomed. Postgraduate and early career researchers and papers that make contributions to the conceptualization of the history of the body and questions of spatial and temporal continuities and differences are encouraged.

For the complete CFP and guidelines visit

Proposals for 20 minute papers should be sent to Kate Imy (Rutgers) and Will Pooley (University of Oxford)

Deadline: January 12, 2014

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