CfP: 'Writing the Body' - Working Papers in the Humanities 19

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities 19: Writing the Body

Bodies inform our way of being in the world. The human body can be a site of expression, (mis)identification, or inscription, giving rise to a myriad of possibilities that transform and are transformed by our perceptions of the self, connections with others, and the world around us. This issue of Working Papers in the Humanities explores the ways in which human bodies are narrated and understood, how they have been marginalised, empowered or rendered (in)visible, as well as how they uphold and interrogate questions of normativity.

We invite proposals engaging with (but by no means limited to) the following areas of study: 
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Medical humanities
  • Visible and invisible bodies
  • Technology and the body
  • Race studies
  • Migration
  • Postcolonial studies
  • Ageing
  • Performance
  • Parenthood
  • Posthumanism
  • Cyborg theory
  • Memory
  • Disability studies
  • Exploration of personal/cultural identity
  • Dynamics of power
  • Traversing boundaries

Proposals may cover a range of periods (from the medieval and Early Modern to the twenty-first century) and different cultural contexts (including English-, French-, Germanic-, Hispanic-, Italian-, Portuguese-, and Slavonic-speaking cultures). We hope to attract scholars working in a variety of fields (Modern Languages, English Studies, Comparative Literature, Cultural History, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Film and Media Studies and the Digital Humanities, Art History, Performance and Reception History). 

MHRA Working Papers in the Humanities is an electronic open-access journal intended to allow researchers to present initial findings or hypotheses. As such it will be of particular interest to postgraduate and early-career researchers. We invite proposals for papers of up to 4000 words in MHRA style, with completed essays to be delivered to the editors by 22 April 2024. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent, accompanied by a short biographical statement on the same page, to by 8th January 2024.

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