CFP: Retailing, Commerce & Human Body

CHORD WORKSHOP AND CALL FOR PAPERS. RETAILING, COMMERCE AND THE HUMAN BODY: HISTORICAL APPROACHES (14 May 2014, University of Wolverhampton)

The Centre for the History of retailing and Distribution (CHORD) invites proposals for papers that explore the relationship between retailing, commerce and human bodies in Britain and beyond. Any aspect of the commercial and retail practices that are connected to the business of exploiting, caring for, or ‘improving’ bodies would be welcome and there are no restrictions in terms of the historical period covered. Possible topics include (but are not limited to): hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons; undertakers and funeral parlours; marketing, bodies and sexuality; tattoo parlours and tanning salons; grooming products, perfumery and toiletries; measuring, fitting and ‘trying on’; massage parlours, Turkish baths and spas; photography shops and portraiture.

To submit a proposal, please send title and abstract of c.300 to 400 words to Laura Ugolini at: l.ugolini@wlv.ac.uk by 21 February 2014.

Further information at: http://home.wlv.ac.uk/~in6086/bodies.htm