CFP: Materiality and the Body: A Body and Being Network Writing Workshop

We navigate the world through and with objects; consciously or tacitly, in symbiotic or conflicted interaction, our embodied selves are entangled with the materiality that makes our everyday. In this one-day workshop, we aim to explore how critically engaging with objects might allow us to access experience. Specifically, we aim to examine how objects evoke and challenge our understandings of the body in writing, and how we might rewrite the body through focusing on a single object with which the body interacts.

The workshop will take place on Friday, 12 June 2015, 10am-5:30pm, at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. The day will include an intensive writing session, followed by group sharing and discussion. It is anticipated that the writing produced in this session will form the basis for an online collection. If you are interested in participating, please send a 200-250 word abstract, introducing the object you’d like to explore and explaining how this object might further our understandings of the body, alongside a brief bio (up to 100 words) to bodyandbeingnetwork [at] The deadline for submissions is 5 June.

* The workshop is sponsored by St Hilda’s College, Oxford. There are no registration fees, but applying to participate is essential. A limited travel bursary is available; please inquire with us further.

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