CFP: Representations of the Body

Now in its third year, the Critical Juncture Conference <> at Emory University provides a forum for emerging scholars to engage with important thinkers on topics that reach beyond traditional disciplinary lines. This year’s conference, “Representations of the Body,” will center on work that interrogates how the human body is represented at complex intersections of multiple identities: race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, nationality, and beyond. Our keynote speaker this year is Ellen Samuels, author of Fantasies of Identification: Disability, Gender, Race. We will also be hosting seminars with seminal thinkers on questions of identity and representation, including Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Dr. Sander Gilman, Dr. Sherman James, Dr. Hannah Cooper, Dr. Dabney Evans, Dr. Abigail Sewell, Dr. Deboleena Roy, and more. Please see the website for more details.


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We are welcoming proposals for oral or poster presentations from scholars, artists, and activists representing a wide range of disciplines, from the humanities and social sciences to health and medical sciences, and beyond the academy. We seek work that is accessible to a wide range of thinkers and disciplinary backgrounds.

Email proposals as PDF attachments to by December 15, 2015.

Accepted applicants will be notified no later than February 1, 2016.

Proposals should include an abstract (~250 words) and the presenter’s curriculum vitae or a brief biographical sketch. Indicate whether you would prefer (1) a 10-minute talk as part of a panel, or (2) a space in the poster session, with an optional flash talk. Acceptance notices will be sent out no later than

We invite contributions along four main themes, but you are free to think creatively. We are not only seeking scholarly research, but welcome personal narratives, creative work, calls to activism, and more.

1) Over-, under-, and mis-representations: How are bodies represented in your field or area of interest? Which bodies are or are not represented?

a. Bodies in popular culture, including media, film & theatre, music, and literature

b. Inclusion and representation in health research/issues of medical mistrust

c. Historical perspectives on representations of difference
d. The place of the body in neurological or psychological research

e. Structures and representations perpetuating or undermining racism, sexism, ableism

f. The body in digital spaces

2) Socio-contextual determinants of health: How are our bodies affected by the places we live? How do structural inequalities and health disparities manifest?

a. Communities, neighborhoods, and the built environment
b. Access and utilization of health resources
c. Discrimination, mental health, and health disparities
d. Law, punishment, and the body
e. Environment and health in popular culture, literature, and art

3) Intersectionality: How do we interrogate representations of the body at the intersection of multiple systems of oppression? How are multiple and complex identity categories mutually constitutive or limiting?

a. Moments of synergy or affirmation
b. Moments of collision
c. Histories of collaborations and clashes between marginalized peoples
d. Intersectionality in the academy today

4) Gains and challenges of interdisciplinarity: What are the benefits of taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the body? What are the challenges?

a. Presentation of case studies
b. Discussion of the creation of relevant theoretical frameworks
c. Methodological approaches