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Call for Papers


250 words max. Email as a Word (NOT pdf) document to the organiser, Prof Emma Rees: Proposals for papers (20 mins), panels, posters, workshops and alternative / innovative presentations / performances are very welcome. Deadline: 31st January 2023.

Topics 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/writers/performers/practitioners navigate the complexities of the embodied self?
  • How does the ‘taboo’ impact on selfhood?
  • How is sexual identity articulated by and in the body?
  • What happens when the ‘talking body’ conflicts with the ‘talking mind’?
  • How do body modifications silence bodies? Or allow them to speak?
  • How are erotica, porn, or the ‘obscene’ related to embodiment?
  • Which bodies are political?
  • How do bodies talk in a global pandemic?
  • Is language ever sufficient when it comes to talking about bodies?

See the Call for Papers poster (PDF, 624 KB)

Further information:

TALKING BODIES, an international, interdisciplinary conference, has, since its inaugural event in 2013, hosted scholars, specialists, practitioners, artists, researchers, and postgraduate students from around the world, and from a wide range of disciplines, in Chester. In addition to conference presentations, there are exhibitions; performances; a small marketplace with  book and craft stalls; our legendary feminist pub quiz; a vegetarian conference banquet; workshops; a ‘chill out’ quiet zone, and much, much more!

As in previous years, registration will operate on a sliding scale and we hope to have two full bursaries available, as in 2019. If you’re on our email list, you’ll be notified when  registration opens. Please note that there are no funds available to subsidise any delegates’ costs.

Additional Information

The first three Talking Bodies volumes are out now. See here, here, and here. All conference queries should be addressed to Prof Emma Rees:

See our conference poster here (PDF, 2MB); check the conference website for regular updates; and follow us on Twitter: @Talking_Bodies.