"'Why All the Fuss about the Body?': An Interdisciplinary Conference on Local and Global/ized Bodies": 28 faculty and student presentations

Friday, Apr, 15 2016 — 1:00 PM
At: EQB Building


Mellon Globalization Forum and organizers of "'Why All the Fuss about the Body?': An Interdisciplinary Conference on Local and Global/ized Bodies" invite all to 28 faculty and student research presentations on diverse topics related to "The Body." The conference aims at creating a cross-disciplinary scholarly community at Sewanee by bringing together 44 scholars who will reflect on "The Body," a unifying topic present in many disciplinary discourses. The conference will last two days: April 15, 1-5:30 p.m. and April 16, 9 a.m.-5:45 p.m. (EQB Building). For more information e-mail  

Friday, April 15

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch for conference participants at the EQB Building

1:00-1:15 p.m. Welcome by Dean Terry Papillon and the conference organizers: Justyna Beinek, Sara Nimis, Mark Preslar, Steve Raulston, Donald Rung, and Kelly Whitmer

1:15-2:45 p.m. Panel 1: DISCIPLINING BODIES

Moderators: Dharitri Bhattacharjee and Scott Wilson

Kelly Whitmer, “Youthful Bodies and Sentimental Culture in Early Modern (Central) Europe”

Sara Nimis, “Incorporation in a Sufi Milieu: Apprenticeship and Ritual in the Trade Associations of Early Modern Egypt”

Emmanuel Asiedu-Acquah, “’We Need Educated and Honest Youth’: Youthful Bodies, Discipline, and Resistance in Post-independence Ghana”            

Michael Wairungu, “Uniformity vs. Swag: Styling the Body as Protest among High School Students in Kenya”

2:45-3:00 p.m. Coffee break

3:00-4:15 p.m. Panel 2: BODY, SEX, GENDER

Moderators: Derek Ettensohn and Arturo Marquez-Gomez

Liesl Allingham, “The (In)Visible Body”

Brandon Kemp, “Vulnerable Bodies: Precarious Desire in Tsai Ming-liang’s I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone

Kathryn Mills, “The Body: Sacred or Profane?”

4:15-4:30 p.m. Coffee break

4:30-5:45 p.m. Panel 3: RACIALIZED BODIES

Moderators: Melody Crowder-Meyer and Roger Levine

Russell Fielding and Matthew Mitchell, “Telling the Half: Slaves, Slavery, and Place in North America and the Caribbean”

Adam Dahl, “Black Disembodiment in the Age of Ferguson”

Tam K. Parker, “Ferguson and After: Profaned and Sacralized Black Bodies and the Contestation of the American Social Imaginary”

All events linked to the conference on "The Body" at Sewanee are free, open to the public, and have received generous support from the Dean of the College, Mellon Globalization Forum, University Lectures Committee, the departments and programs of Art and Art History, Asian Studies, English, Film Studies, French, German, History, Humanities, International and Global Studies, Italian, Politics, Religious Studies, Russian, Spanish, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Sewanee Union Theater, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Tennessee Williams Center, and Greenspace Studio.

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