Category Archives: Body

CFP: Medical and Metaphorical Wounds from the Middle Ages to the First World War

A two-day workshop at the Science Museum, London, that may be of interest to our followers: January 26 and 27, 2018. Wounds and their meaning have differed over time: from stigmata to the psychological wounding of soldiers in the First … Continue reading

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A familiar face: wartime facial wounds and William Kearsey

Dr Kerry Neale works in the Military Heraldry and Technology Section of the Australian War Memorial. She completed her PhD thesis through the University of New South Wales on the experiences of disfigured Great War veterans in Britain and the … Continue reading

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Conference Alert: Chronic Pain in the Middle Ages

Sorry to have missed the CFP, but followers with an interest in medieval bodies may like to know about this fascinating-sounding conference at UCL on September 29. ‘Why is my pain perpetual?’ (Jer 15:18): Chronic Pain in the Middle Ages … Continue reading

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Skin Bleaching: A Perspective on the Ghanaian Phenomenon

We are pleased to introduce this guest post from Samuel Adu-Gyamfi (mcgyamfi@yahoo.com) of the Department of History and Political Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, and Razak Mohammed Gyasi of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University, Hong Kong. … Continue reading

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‘Corpus Historicus’ Conference

Followers might be interested in a conference taking place at the end of this month in Sosnowiec, Poland. The programme for ‘Corpus Historicus: The Body In/Of History‘  looks like a fascinatingly wide-ranging and interdisciplinary feast of body studies across history, and … Continue reading

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Ears and Breasts?

A tenuous link, perhaps, but I was intrigued by this interview with Timmie Jean Lindsey, a resident of Texas who in 1962 became the first woman to receive silicon breast implants. An interesting story in itself, but for our purposes made more … Continue reading

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