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Dates: 10th-13th April, 2019

Venue: Institute of Gender Studies, University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester CH1 4BJ, UK

Note: The deadline for abstracts has now passed.

This is the fourth biennial, international, interdisciplinary TALKING BODIES conference.

Scholars, specialists, researchers, and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines and experiences (art, performance, art history, social history, history of science, medical humanities, literary criticism, theology, feminism, political theory, medicine, jurisprudence, and more) have submitted proposals.

Questions to be considered might include (but are absolutely not limited to):

  • Where do gender and ideology intersect on the site of ‘the body’?
  • How do visual artists represent the complexities of the embodied self? Or, how can writers, performers, or musicians do so?
  • How does the idea of the ‘taboo’ impact on self-perception?
  • How do writers and artists articulate that taboo? How is sexual identity articulated by and in the body? What happens when the ‘talking body’ conflicts with the ‘talking mind’?
  • How do (consensual or non-consensual) body modifications silence the body, or ‘allow’ it to ‘talk’?
  • What relationships do erotica, porn and the ‘obscene’ have with the embodied self?
  • How does representation of the body facilitate political activism?
  • Is language ever sufficient in talking about bodies?

In addition to the conference presentations, there will be a small marketplace with book and craft stalls; our legendary feminist pub quiz; a vegetarian conference banquet; a ‘chill out’ quiet zone, and much, much more!

Talking Bodies is proud to be a vegetarian conference.

You can read about previous TALKING BODIES conferences here:

The Book

The first volume in a series of Talking Bodies essay collections is now available. Discounted copies will be available at the conference (if you can wait!). 


For the first time, in 2019, Talking Bodies will be hosting a FASONA (the Feminist Activists and Scholars of the North Atlantic) annual meeting. This network was created by scholars and activists from North America, Canada, Iceland, the UK and other European countries, in the spring of 2018 in Portland, Maine. FASONA promotes interdisciplinary, intersectional feminist scholarship, activism and collaboration.

Registration Fee

As at Talking Bodies 2017 fees will operate on a scale according to income.

The deadline for applications four our bursaries has now passed.


Professor Emma Rees, Director of the Institute of Gender Studies and Organiser of Talking Bodies


Twitter: @Talking_Bodies