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

Saturday, Apr, 16 2016 — 9:00 AM
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

Saturday, April 16

9:00-10:45 a.m. Panel 4: REPRODUCING BODIES

Moderators: Yuliya Ladygina and Alyssa Summers

Brandon Moore, “Human Sex Ratios and Environmental Factors: A Skewed Roll of the Dice?”

Elizabeth Skomp, “Dismantling the Ideal Soviet Body: Ludmila Ulitskaya and Corporeality”

Cat Clark, “Juno Reads Miss Piggy’s Guide to Life: Unruly Women, Grotesque Bodies, and the Controlling Nature of the Patriarchy”

Rachel Head, “Representations of Motherhood in the Soviet Union: Gladkov’s Cement (1925) and Baranskaya’s A Week Like Any Other (1969)”

Pippa Browne, “Function and Fetish: Comments on Breastfeeding”

10:45-11:00 a.m. Coffee break

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Panel 5: THE BODY IN ILLNESS AND IN HEALTH

Moderators: Laura Attanasio and Elise Kikis

Alyssa Summers, “The Immune System: Friend or Foe?”

Amy S. Patterson, “Engaging Therapeutic Citizenship and Clientship: Untangling the Reasons for Therapeutic Pacifism among People Living with HIV in Urban Zambia”

Phoebe Kajubi, “Tensions in Communication between Children on Antiretroviral Therapy and Their Caregivers: An Exploratory Study in Jinja District, Uganda”

Amelia Gray, “Redefining Physical Therapy: Extending Healing beyond the Physical Body”

12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch for conference participants at McClurg Dining Hall (room 206)

1:45-3:00 p.m. Panel 6: PERFORMING BODIES

Moderator: Betsy Sandlin and Jeffrey Thompson

Courtney World, “Challenging the ‘Ballet Body’ with Somatic Dance Practices”

Toby Hickson, “The Unequal Struggle for Equality: Body as Performance in Kieslowski’s Trois Couleurs: Blanc

Justyna Beinek, “Cecylia Malik: The Material Body and the Ephemeral EcoArt”

3:00-3:15 p.m. Coffee break

3:15-4:30 p.m. Panel 7: BODIES/MACHINES

Moderators: Maggie Fritz-Morkin and Shelley McLaren

Bill Engel, “The Early Modern Corporal Imaginary and Memory Machines”

Mark Preslar, “Our Changing Body – Our Evolving Self”

Don Rung, “Reconstruction/Reincarnation: Navigating the Posthuman World of Charles Stross’s Accelerando

4:30-4:45 Coffee break

4:45-6 p.m. Panel 8: THE DEAD BODY

Moderator: Aymeric Glacet and Steve Raulston

Shana Minkin, “French Imperial Bodies in Late 19th-Century Alexandria, Egypt”

Nicholas Roberts, “The Politics and Geopolitics of Burial in Jerusalem: Understanding the Mamilla Cemetery Controversy and Muhammad Ali’s Interment in British Palestine”

Derek Ettensohn, “’City of Death’: The Corpse and Catastrophe in Nuruddin Farah’s Fiction”

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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