Graduate Conference on the History of the Body
October 20th- October 22nd, 2011
Washington University in St. Louis, Danforth Campus
The Graduate History Association at Washington University in St. Louis is
pleased to announce the inaugural Graduate Conference on the History of
the Body, to be held October 20-22 on the Danforth Campus in St. Louis.
In 2001, Roy Porter remarked that body history had become the
“historiographical dish of the day.” Ten years on, histories of the body
continue to flourish. Often working at the interstices of a number of
methods and approaches, the field has produced innovative and compelling
articulations of the body as a category of historical analysis. As
thinking about bodies has occasioned ongoing encounters, clashes, and
border-crossings between a variety of disciplines, this conference aims to
promote conversations across scholarly divides by showcasing and
reflecting on graduate-level scholarship on the history of the body, in
all periods and regions, and from a variety of methodological approaches.
The keynote address will open the conference at 4:00 on Thursday, October
20, and panels will be delivered on Friday, October 21 and Saturday,
October 22. Please see the attached program for full details.
Professor Mary Fissell, renowned historian of medicine at the Johns
Hopkins University, will deliver the Keynote Address in conjunction with
the Washington University in St. Louis Department of History Colloquium
Series: “Blood Will Out: Kinship, The Body, and Popular Medicine,
1750-1860,” at 4 pm in Busch Hall Room 100 on the Danforth Campus. Please
join us for an open reception immediately following in Busch 18.
There are no registration fees for this conference, but pre-registration
is available through our website: