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Wednesday 19th July

Location, Birkbeck, University of London


Welcome 09:30-10:00, Room G13.


Session 1, 10:00 - 11:30, Room G13.

Chair – Wendy Turner


1 Anna Piniewska, University of Warsaw

Disabled Body: performance, exclusion, and history.


 2Agata Żaglewska, University of Warsaw

The Romantic Spectacle of 'Embodied Inspiration': Nineteenth-Century Improvisers and their Physical Appearances


3 Adella Irizarry, Palm Beach State College

The Gifts of Prometheus: Human Experimentation in Gothic Literature


4 Adleen Crapo, University of Toronto

Libertine Bodies, Variable Bodies: Constructing Embodied Knowledge in Ancien Régime France


Refreshment Break 11:30 – 11:45


Keynote, 11:45 - 12:45, Room G13.

Chair – Chris Mounsey


5 Carolyn Day, Furman University

“A Tale of Uncommon Parental Barbarity?”: Uncovering the life of Anne Wainhouse & the afterlives of medical narratives


Lunch 12:45 – 13:45
















Session 2, 13:45 – 15:15 – Room G13.

Chair – Maria Isabel Romero Ruiz


6 Brendan Corcoran, Indiana State University

“You can take the man from the bog, but you cannot take the bog from the man”: Seamus Heaney “Treading Earth” among Bodies from the Bog


7 Kathleen Béres Rogers, The College of Charleston

(Mis)Reading Faces in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein


8 Gretchen Braun, Furman University

Nervous Disorder and Narrative Order in Victorian Fiction


Refreshment Break 15:15 – 15:30


Session 3, 15:30 – 17:00, Room G13.

Chair – Betsy Golden Kellem


9 Claire L. Jones, Lucy Hale, Aparajita Mukhopadhyay

University of Kent

Controlling the Reproductive Body: Past, Present and Futures


10 Tinni Goswami, St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, West India

The fat women in the contemporary Indian society: When beauty ‘does not’ lie in the eyes of the beholder


11 Nasrin Shahnaz, Merry Baruah Bora, Cotton University

“Man Into Woman” — Nirvana in Traditional Hijra Practice: The Quintessence of Recreating the Female Body


12 Namita Goswami, Indiana State University

The constitution of the female body in postcolonial and African American feminist analyses of the status of the subject


Optional Pay as you Go dinner at an establishment in the Brunswick Centre.


Thursday 20th JULY

Location – Lumley Library , Hunterian Collection

at the Royal College of Surgeons of England



Private access to the Hunterian Galleries



Welcome and Introduction by



Addressing the Archive , 10:15-11:45

Chair – Chris Mounsey


13 Dawn Kemp, Hunterian Museum

Making the Hunterian Museum


14 Jennifer Lemmer-Posey, Ringling Brothers Circus Archive

Opening the Archives Drawers: Exhibiting Extraordinary Bodies at The Ringling Circus Museum


15 Crystal Kopp, University of Oklahoma

The Human Body as Museum Curiosity


Refreshment Break 11:45 – 12:00


Keynote, 12:00-12:45

Chair – Chris Mounsey


16 Wendy Turner, Augusta University

Medieval Medical Education: Forensics, Teaching, and

the Hans von Gersdorff Wound-Man


Lunch 12:45-13:45


Session 5, 13:45 – 15:15.

Chair- Stan Booth


17 Maddy Mant, University of Toronto

Archival bodies: Anthropology and bioethics


18 Tina Welch, University of Winchester

The ‘Carib Chief’s skull’; where was humanity in late-eighteenth century colonial science


19 Heidi Dawson Hobbis and Jocelyn Davis,

University of Winchester

Understanding elderly bodies in bioarchaeology: a case study of George and Elizabeth Cumberland of Bristol


Refreshment Break 15:15 – 15:30


Session 6 15:30 – 17:00.

Chair – Carolyn Day


20 Matt Cathey, Wofford College

“Visualizing” Calculus: the Pedagogy of a Blind Mathematician


21 Karissa Bushman, Quinnipiac University

Donkeys to Devine: Goya’s Depictions of Doctors and Medicine


22 Justo Hernandez, Universidad de La Laguna

Understanding the human body in the Renaissance




Private tour of Hunterian galleries with Dawn Kemp, Director of Museums and Special Collections at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Friday 21st JULY

Location, Birkbeck, University of London


Session 7, 10:00 - 11:30. Room G13

23 Maria Isabel Romero Ruiz, Linda Mahood,

Sarah-Anne Buckley, Steven King

Roundtable: “Bridging the Gap: Digital Humanities and

the Asylum in the Long Nineteenth Century”


Refreshment Break 11:45 – 12:00


Session 8, 12:00 - 13:15. Room G13

Chair – Chris Mounsey


24 Heather Thornton, American Public University

Mending the Body Ecclesiastic: The dilemma of “proper bodies” in the Restoration Church


25 Jacqui Grainger, University of Westminster

The Military Body, Science and Ethnology in the Age of Reform


26 Elizabeth Lee, Dickinson College

Mobilizing club foot in the nineteenth century


Lunch 13:15 – 14:15


Session 9, 14:15 – 15:15, Room G13.

Chair – Stan Booth


Panel: Bridging the Gap: Diagnosis in Life and Literature in an Undergraduate Health, Culture, and Societies program


27 Lianna Paton, New College Florida

Bodies of Victorian literature: The Case of Bleak House


28 Lillian Walker, New College Florida

Seeking Diagnosis through Self-Advocacy,



Refreshment Break 15:15 – 15:30


Session 10, 15:30 - 17:00. Room G13.

Chair – Wendy Turner


29 Betsy Golden Kellem, Independent Scholar

Ann Leak and Pious Disability in the 19th Century Sideshow.


30 Bhaskar Bora, Merry Baruah, Cotton University

(Dis)ability and the Masculine Body: Articulation of Self through Performance


31 Rodney Huey, Advisor, Fédération Mondiale du Cirque

The Artificially Disfigured Body of the Classic Clown



17:00 – End of Conference!!!!!!