Transforming Bodies Conference

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 4:30pm more dates through April 22, 2017

Klarman Hall, K161 232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

Presented by the Early Modern Conversions project and Cornell University

In this conference, we propose to explore the centrality of bodies to concepts and practices of

conversion in the early modern world. How are bodies – animal, human, vegetal,

epistemological – transformed by these concepts and practices, and how do they transform the

concepts and practices by their material and virtual presences, by their own performances and

practices of conversion, by their resistance to metaphysical and ontological interpretation? This

Call for Papers seeks work that crosses disciplinary boundaries even as it questions the

boundaries imposed by various knowledge systems on a wide range of bodies. Topics will

include, but are not limited to: virtual and corporate bodies as artifacts of conversion; race and

conversion; transgender bodies; bodies performing conversion; animality; beauty and seduction;

bodies of knowledge; corporeal ecologies; vegetation and bodies of land and water; and

monstrous/ magical/ witchlike bodies.

Please send presentation proposals to by 30 September, 2016.

Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length and should provide a brief

explanation of how the proposed paper or session relates to the aims of the conference.

An adjudication committee will review all submissions and arrive at a decision by early

December 2016.

Conversions project members may apply to the Collaboration Fund for travel support. See

here for details:

Send inquiries to Kathleen Perry Long (

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Romance Studies


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