Below is an outline of the schedule of the day. Abstracts for all papers can be found here, and information pertaining to the Special Collections can be found here.
Collection of delegate packs
Introduction to the symposium; aims and approaches
Presentation and discussion of five sources from John Rylands' Special Collections (list available here). Led by the organisers, Naomi Billingsley, Katherine Crouch and Scott Midson
Tea, coffee, pastries
Panel 1: Dissecting Bodies (Chair: Katherine Crouch)
Dorrie Imeson, 'A medical student's perspective on human dissection'
Andrew Ball, 'Touching the body and animal slaughter in modernity'
Sandwiches and refreshments
Panel 2: Marginalised Bodies (Chair: Naomi Billingsley)
Hannah Murray, 'What had become of me? The Untouchable Black Body and Racial Liminality in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee'
Hannah Goddard, 'Demythologising Gender? Sexual Difference and Deconstruction in Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve'
Panel 3: Psychological-Spiritual Bodies (Chair: Scott Midson)
Rosie Edgley, 'Is it possible to be liberated while embodied? An Indian philosophical perspective'
Şima İmşir, 'Heredity vs. The Nation-State: The Case of the Turkish Republic'
Farewells and feedback.
We then invite you to join us for the following post-symposium activities:
Tour: 'Encountering Corpses' exhibition
Led by Helen Malarky, co-convenor of the 'Encountering Corpses' project (Institute of Humanities and Social Science Research, Manchester Metropolitan University) and Dr. Craig Young, lead researcher of the project and researcher in Human Geography (Manchester Metropolitan University). Helen and Craig will give a brief introduction to the exhibition, then we will make the short walk from JRL to Sacred Trinity Church together. General information about the exhibition can be found here, and about the tour here.
Dinner & Drinks
A nearby pub and Byron Hamburgers, Deansgate.