Two-day Multidisciplinary Online National Conference on Embodied Identities: The Body in Cultural Spaces

Organizer: Forum for Research in English, Centre for Advanced Studies and Research in English Language and Literature, Department of English, Farook College (Autonomous), Kozhikode,Kerala

About the Conference

  • When: 21 & 22 February 2023
  • Call for Papers
  • Registration Fee Needed
  • Digital certificates will be issued after the conference only to the registered participants and paper presenters after submitting the feedback forms

Body is the main locus from which all ideas of nature and culture are mediated with respect to human
experience. However, throughout history, our epistemological inquiries have largely preferred to separate and undervalue corporeal experiences in favour of the experiences of the mind or the soul. In traditional religious and philosophical thought, the body has been featured as merely the perishable, material container of the enduring soul or the mind, which represented the human faculties of knowledge and reason. Modern scholarship has moved beyond these dualistic assumptions of mind versus body, and attempted to look at the latter beyond its purely biological connotations, placing it in its social, cultural and historical contexts. The prominent twentieth century French phenomenologist Maurice Merleau-Ponty recognises body as instrumental in one’s sense of identity: body is not just something that we have, but something that we are. For Michel Foucault, bodies are means of social control; power operates on and through bodies that are disciplined and surveilled into subjection by institutions including the government, law, medicine, psychiatry and education among others. Feminist theorists and activists
have been instrumental in challenging the traditional tendency of associating more corporeality and more sensuality with feminine and marginalised bodies.

Judith Butler contends that the normalising discourses of sex, gender, biology and corporeality often take part in naturalising gender difference and heterosexuality. Thus, the politics of body and sexuality remain at the centre of queer theory and LGBTQIA+ discourses. Postcolonial as well as ethnic scholars have concerned themselves with racialized bodies, and challenged the discourse of racial difference as well as stereotypical characteristics attributed on the basis of skin colour and body type. Contemporary studies on body, corporeality and materiality engage with interdisciplinary areas of scholarship including disability studies, ethnic studies, medical humanities, posthumanism, performance studies, media studies and popular culture among others. This virtual conference seeks to bring together academicians, research scholars and students working in these divergent disciplines, to foster engaging discussions on the various interdisciplinary dimensions and philosophies of body politics, corporeality and culture.

Original and unpublished papers written in English or Malayalam languages are invited from research
scholars, students and faculty members in areas related (but not restricted) to the following sub-themes:

  • Body and mind
  • Body and power
  • Body and identity
  • Religion, spirituality and body politics
  • Gendered bodies
  • Queer bodies
  • Racialized and colonised bodies
  • Representation of the body in media and literature
  • Body and performance
  • Body in popular culture
  • Body and sporting cultures
  • Beauty standards and body shaming
  • Marginalised bodies
  • Juvenile bodies
  • Ageing bodies
  • Body, health and medicine
  • Body, violence and trauma
  • Body and memory
  • Human and non-human bodies
  • Body in the Digital Space
  • Body in Disability Studies
  • Body, inclusivity and education
  • Bodies in motion
  • Body and semiotics
  • Body in mythology
  • Body and resistance

Guidelines for Submission

Soft copy of the abstract and full paper should be sent as an email attachment to

  • For abstracts, author’s name and the term “abstract” should be mentioned in the subject line of the email (e.g.: “name_abstract”)
  • For full papers, author’s name and the term “paper” should be mentioned in the subject line of the email (e.g.: “name_paper”)
  • Abstract must not exceed 300 words and should be attached with a brief bio-note of the author
  • Research papers should be formatted as per MLA (9th Edition)
  • Scripts should be sent as MS Word document (font: Times New Roman, font size 12)
  • Word limit: 2000-3500

Important Dates:

  • Last date for abstract submission : 20 January 2023
  • Acceptance Intimation : 25 January 2023
  • Full paper submission : 10 February 2023
  • Last date for online registration : 15 February 2023

Registration Fee and Details

Fee for StudentsResearch ScholarsFaculty MembersForeign Delegates
Participation100 INR100 INR100 INR200 INR
Participation & Presentation250 INR500 INR1000 INR1500 INR

Account Details

Name of Account Holder : Shanif M K
Account No. : 427800010073849
Bank : Punjab National Bank,
IFSC : PUNB0427800
Gpay : 9746749950
UPI Id : shanif.mk7@okicic

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