Concerning bodies [stream convenors and panel chairs]

Bartram, Angela and O'Neill, Mary (2013) Concerning bodies [stream convenors and panel chairs]. In: London Conference in Critical Thought, 6-7 June 2013, Royal Holloway University of London.

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The 'Concerning Bodies' stream is a collaboration with Eric Daffron (USA) and Becky McLaughlin (USA) that is part of the London Conference of Critical Thought, Royal Holloway University of London, 6-7 June 2013. The stream has two parallel strands detailed below:

Stream Title: Concerning Bodies

This stream has two points of focus: firstly, the representation, and ethical implications, of bodies (both human and animal) in visual cultures and, secondly, the account of the body (and body parts) in Lacan and Foucault. Papers are invited that address any of the concerns detailed under these two headings:

The Body and Ethics – Dead or Alive (Angela Bartram and Mary O'Neill):

The body is an important site for analysis of the physical and the social condition. Whether human or animal, the body provides information and experience that communicates what it is to be alive – even in death. This has made the body a source material to be analyzed, scrutinized, dissected, and surveyed in the pursuit of knowledge. The human and animal body has historically been used in medical studies, art education, as a donor material, for reference, and creative practice. The appropriateness of the use of bodies in medical enquiry has historically been sanctioned because it has educational benefit. Could the same level of permission be applied to artistic enquiry? What legislates the appropriate use of the dead body in anatomy and biomedical classes and procedures? What informs the decision that the life room is a place for studies of the live human body only? What ethics govern artistic studies of the socio-physical body in art education and creative practice? We seek papers that discuss the role of critical theory in our understanding of the use of the body in visual culture both historical and contemporary, including, but not limited to:
• somataphobia,
• scopophilia,
• scopophobia,
• dissection,
• necrophobia,
• taxidermy

Body Parts and Partial Bodies; Body Cuts and Cut Up Bodies: Lacanian and Foucaultian Approaches (Becky McLaughlin and Eric Daffron):

Both Jacques Lacan and Michel Foucault took the body as an object of critical inquiry but explored it in divergent ways. This panel will bring together scholars working from Lacanian and/or Foucaultian perspectives to interrogate not simply the body but, more specifically, parts of the body. Collectively, the papers selected for this panel will aspire to answer, among other questions: How do Lacan and Foucault cut up the body, what new forms of subjectivity emerge when we pay attention to particular body parts, and how can we bring Lacanian and Foucaultian theory to bear on ethical concerns about the body? Topics for paper proposals include but are not limited to:
• fragmented bodies and bodily decomposition
• mirror stage and self reflection
• self-abuse and body cutting
• disciplined and "docile" bodies
• torture and punishment
• "subindividuals"
• sexuality, sexuation, and oversexed bodies
• "technologies of the self"
• the voice, the gaze, and the fetish
• spanking and other sex games
• amputation and disability
• addiction and obsession, medicine and therapy

Keywords:ethics, Artists, Fine Arts, body
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Fine Arts)
ID Code:9730
Deposited On:08 Jun 2013 08:00

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