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Provisional programme and online registration for ‘American Bodies Across Time and Space’ conference.


We are pleased to present the *provisional* programme for our upcoming conference, ‘American Bodies Across Time and Space: Theories, Methods and Meanings’, at the University of Liverpool on Friday 25th October 2013.

9:15 – 9:45  Registration

9:45 – 11:15 Panel One: Forces and Discourses Coordinating the Female Body (Chair TBC)

‘Saggin’, Baggin’, and Draggin’: Dolly Parton and the Micro-Politics of the American Body’, Rebecca Scofield (Harvard University)

‘Bridal Bodies: Manifestations of the Princess/Bridezilla Paradox’, Dr Elizabeth Sharp (Texas Tech University/ Durham University)

‘“Eisenhower-faced babies”: Sylvia Plath and Maternal Politics’, Sophie Jones (Birkbeck, University of London)

11:15 – 11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:30 – 13:00 Panel 2: Disabled and Dysfunctional Bodies (Chair TBC)

‘Awkwardly Shifting Legs: Disability, Masculinity and Class in the Works of William Faulkner’, Jude Riley (University of Northumbria)

‘Franklin Roosevelt’s Disability as Prosthetic Memory for Narrating the American Experience’, Sara Polak (Leiden University)

‘Fat, Queer, Immature: Re-Reading Ignatius Reilly in A Confederacy of Dunces’, Michelle Green (University of Nottingham)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Panel 3: Bodily Performance (Chair TBC)

‘Destabilized Bodies: Thomas Eakins, Anatomization and Fragmentation’, Naomi Slipp (Boston University)

‘Actions Rather Than Words? Vocal and Physical Exchange in Narratives of Racial Passing’, Dr Laura Key (University of Liverpool)

‘The Anxiety of Putrescence: Whiteface and Presidential Remains in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog’, Dr Marie Pecorari (Paris-Sorbonne University)

15:30 – 15:45 Tea and coffee

15:45 – 16:45 Keynote Address: ‘Forgotten Bodies: Visualizing “Human Rubbish” and the Invisible Gene’, Dr Sue Currell (University of Sussex)

Online registration is now live, and can be accessed here: http://ow.ly/p9Ckk

The conference is free for all attendees, and a buffet-style lunch will be provided. There will be a post-conference dinner (for which payment can be made on the day) – please indicate if you wish to attend at the registration check out.

There are a limited number of travel bursaries available for postgraduates who wish to attend, which have been generously provided for by the AHRC. PGRs in the North West of the UK are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply for a bursary, please send an email to rcas.nw@gmail.com

The conference will be held on the University of Liverpool campus. For directions, please refer to: http://www.liv.ac.uk/maps/visiting/

Registration and breaks will be held in the HLC social area, which is located in the History department at 9-11 Abercromby square (building 145 on the campus map). Panels will be held in Lecture Theatre 3 in the Law Building – recently renamed South Campus Teaching Hub (building 120 on the campus map). Please refer to the campus map here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/files/docs/maps/liverpool-university-campus-map.pdf

For more information, please contact the RCAS committee via email at rcas.nw@gmail.com



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