The Material Body, 1500-1900: A Conference of Archaeologists and Historians

July 4-5, 2018, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

How can the physical body be illuminated by using documents? What can scholars working on the history of the early modern body learn from studying the remains of those bodies?

This international conference brings together archaeologists and historians to explore new ways of studying the body in the post-medieval past. It will explore the challenges and possibilities of combining the archaeological, osteoarchaeological and historical record to understand the body and its role in the human past.

Sessions on: the body as material culture, bodily display, bodily practices, health in the city and plastic bodies.

Keynote speakers:

  • Jelena Bekvalac (Museum of London): Revealing past lives and “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you”
  • Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins) and Elizabeth Craig-Atkins (Sheffield): Marking Maternity
  • Madeleine Mant (Memorial): Slips, Trips, Falls, and Brawls: Fractured Bodies in Eighteenth-Century London
  • David Turner (Swansea): Disability and the Material Body in the Industrial Revolution: Cultural Historical and Bioarchaeological Perspectives

Contact Info:

Professor Karen Harvey, University of Birmingham, UK

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Posted: May 30, 2018