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Bodies in Flux: Rewriting the Body in Medieval Literature, Art and Culture 1000-1450


Saturday 20th May 2017

Venue - Wolfson Research Exchange

Keynote Speakers:

Dr Miranda Griffin (St Catharine’s College, Cambridge), Dr Robert Mills (UCL), Dr Debra Strickland (University of Glasgow)
What is it to have a body? And to experience change and transformation through that body?

A focus on the material body in critical theory and philosophy has, in recent decades, produced varied and stimulating challenges to the ways that we think about and engage with bodies, particularly in the fields of gender and sexuality, queer theory, posthumanism, disability studies, and the ‘material turn’. Discussion of how bodies interact with, are situated in, or are delineated from social, political, and cultural phenomena illuminates our understanding of the experience of embodiment, and the representation of this experience. Similar debates, discussions, and anxieties were expressed in the Middle Ages.

This interdisciplinary conference asks what the transformation of the body means for the conception of bodies of different kinds: human, nonhuman, animal, material, divine, and how the representation of these changes in different media reflects on and inflects the boundaries conventionally associated with the body. 

Provisional Programme 

Topics covered on the day will include:

gender and metamorphosis – boundaries between species and materials – volatile matter – monstrosities – spiritual bodies – transforming saints – vulnerable bodies – death, illness and injury – medical transformations – translating bodies – bodies in text and image


Registration is now open until 28 April 2017

Registration Form

Booking Terms and Conditions including refund policy (please read before booking)

Postgraduate travel bursaries

Please note that there will be some financial travel assistance available for postgraduate students attending the event. This funding is generously provided by The Society for French Studies.

See here for more information, and details of how to apply (Word Document)

Contact details

Organisers: Liam Lewis Jane Sinnett-Smith

Email: warwickbodiesinflux at gmail dot com

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Hybrid body

British Library, MS Harley 2900, f. 85

Generously supported by:

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