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Flesh and Blood: A Feminist Symposium on Embodied Histories

The Editorial Collective of Lilith: A Feminist History Journal is pleased to announce a one-day symposium.

Flesh and Blood: A Feminist Symposium on Embodied Histories held at the Australian National University, Friday May 8, 2015

The symposium is intended to celebrate and build upon the rich tradition of placing the body at the centre of feminist historical analysis. It will explore how gendered norms are reflected, reinscribed and contested through bodies, and encourage consideration of new methods and sources for studying the elusive bodies of the past.

Keynote Speakers: Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London; Joy Damousi, Professor of History at The University of Melbourne and Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellow

The Collective is now seeking proposals for individual papers for the symposium. Potential presenters can choose to either give an oral presentation (20 minutes in length) OR to pre-circulate a paper (6000-8000 words), which will be read and discussed by symposium participants. Please provide a title and abstract of no more than 300 words for each paper, as well as a short biography (100 words) for each participant. The proposal should indicate whether your paper will be orally presented or pre-circulated for discussion.

Topics addressed in the papers could include (but are not limited to): fashion and dress; sport and fitness; motherhood and childbirth; health and medicine; puberty and menstruation; histories of sexuality, queer, masculinities, disability and violence. We also seek to encourage papers which consider how the gendering of bodies intersects with issues of race, class, sexuality, nation and ethnicity. Given that the symposium will coincide with the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, we hope to include a discussion of the legacies of ANZAC upon Australian bodies, but also welcome research that looks beyond Australia to the British Empire and the wider world.

Proposals are due on January 31, 2015 and should be sent as an email attachment to Pre-circulated papers will be due on April 24, 2015.

A special issue of Lilith based upon the symposium proceedings will be published in 2016, and symposium participants are encouraged to submit their papers for consideration.

A limited number of travel bursaries are available to assist postgraduate students and non-salaried early career researchers who will be presenting. To apply, please accompany your paper proposal with a short statement (150 words) outlining your interest in attending this symposium and your need for financial assistance.

The symposium is supported by the ANU Gender Institute and the School of History, and will be fully catered and free to attend. All participants must be Lilith subscribers. Lilith is the journal of the Australian Women’s History Network. For more information or to subscribe to the journal, please go to


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