Inhabiting the Body / Inhabiting the World:
An Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference
March 19-20, 2004
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Plenary speakers will include John Sutton (Macquarie University,
Sydney), Lorraine Daston (Director, Max Planck Institute for the
History of Science), Steven Mullaney (University of Michigan), and
Gail Kern Paster (Director, The Folger Shakespeare Library).
This conference will focus on selfhood, embodiment and environment in
the early modern world. Most broadly, the conference will consider
what notions of selfhood are provoked by approaching a range of
cultural texts from an "ecological" perspective - one in which the
microcosmic "body" is seen as continuous with and permeated by the
macrocosmic "environment." Papers from a range of disciplines,
regional specializations and theoretical positions are invited.
Topics might include: how the depiction of various "environments" is
linked to the depiction of subjectivity; how representations of
activity, repose, drinking, air, or emotion often emphasize (with and
without anxiety) the malleable subject's openness to external agents;
how the humoral emphasis on both bodily permeability and the fully
somatic nature of cognition affect the way in which we understand
mind-body relations; how the representation of early modern
subjectivity is linked not only to notions of "inwardness," but to
those of "outwardness" or liminality; and how both travel, within and
across national boundaries, and cross-cultural encounters posed
problems for conceptions of the subject predicated upon its
environmental and cultural situatedness.
Abstracts (maximum of 600 words) should be submitted by Nov. 15, 2003 to:
Mary Floyd-Wilson
Garrett Sullivan

Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr.
Associate Professor of English
103 Burrowes Bldg.
Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802
Office: 814-863-9585
Dept. Fax: 814-863-7285


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