The Effaced Conference, 31 March – 2 April 2016

We are thrilled to release the provisional programme for Effaced from History? Facial Difference and its Representation from Antiquity to the Present Day to be held in Winchester 31 March – 2 April, 2016.

Keynote speakers: Dr Suzannah Biernoff (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Caroline Wilkinson (Liverpool John Moores University), Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory University, Atlanta).

Registration is now open.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Saturday sessions will now be held in the Queen Elizabeth II Court, Hampshire County Council Buildings (SO23 8UJ). A PDF map is available here.

The full provisional programme with abstracts is available here. We are still accepting proposals for research posters for display at the event. The original Call For Papers is available to download here: FaceConferenceCFP



Thursday 31 March: Hampshire Record Office

6:30-7:30 Evening keynote (Chair: Trish Skinner)

Suzannah Biernoff (Birkbeck), Disfigurement: A Cultural Anatomy

This lecture will be open to the general public. Registration is required. See the blog post for further details.

Friday 1 April: Winchester Discovery Centre

9:45 Welcome and housekeeping (Trish Skinner)

10:00-11:30 Session 1 (Chair: Trish Skinner)

David Turner (Swansea), ‘Trade Marks’: the Face in the Industrial Revolution

Marjorie Gehrhardt (Reading), Raising funds, raising awareness: The fundraising campaign for the Maison des Gueules Cassées

Angus Clarke (Cardiff), Stigma, Reproduction and the Value of Life in Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia (HED)

11:30-12:00 Coffee

12:00-1:30 Keynote (Chair: Mark Bradley)

Caroline Wilkinson (Liverpool John Moores), Archaeological facial depiction for people from the past with facial differences

1:30-2:30 Lunch

2:30-4:00 Session 2 (Chair: Shaun Tougher)

Mark Bradley (Nottingham), Antiquity’s Missing Noses

Jane Draycott, (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David), Hair Loss as Facial Disfigurement in Ancient Rome?

Kathryn Smith (Liverpool John Moores), Portrait? Likeness? Composite? Facial difference in forensic art

4:00-4:30 Tea

4:30-5:30 Session 3 (Chair: David Turner)

Patricia Neville, Andrea Waylen, Sara Ryan and Aidan Searle (Bristol/Oxford), From ‘staring’ to ‘not caring’: facial difference and self-determination among adults with cleft lip and palate

Jane Frances (Changing Faces), Does talking about disfigurement risk perpetuating stigma?

5.30 Close of Day 1

Effaced group business meeting (in Cafe)

The Discovery Centre is handily located for a range of pubs, bars and restaurants to continue the conversations started today.

Saturday 2 April: Elizabeth II Court, Hampshire County Council

9:30-10:00, coffee available in main hall

10:00-11:30 Session 5 (Chair: Marjorie Gehrhardt)

Jason Bate (Exeter), The limits of medical history: archives, photographs, and encountering facial disfiguration from the First World War

David Houston Jones (Exeter), Visualising the Face: from the Aesthetics of Touch to Navigational Maxillofacial Surgery

Morna Laing (University of the Arts, London), ‘Queering’ the Female Face: Pain and playfulness in the music videos of Coco Rosie

11:30-11:45 Comfort break

11:45-1:15 Keynote (Chair: Trish Skinner)

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Emory), Unusual Faces

1:15-2:15 Lunch

2:15-3:45 Session 6 (Chair: Emily Cock)

Theresa Tyers (Swansea), “Trotule (Trotula) puts many things on to decorate and embellish the face but I intend solely to remove infection”: L’Abbe Poutrel and his Chirurgerie c.1300

Bonnie Millar (Nottingham), Dis/enabling Courtesy and Chivalry in the Middle English and Early Modern Gawain Romances and Ballads

Michelle Webb (Exeter), ‘A great blemish to her beauty’: Female facial disfigurement in early modern England

3:45-4:30 Roundtable – refigured not disfigured?

4:30 Close of Day 2