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The Material Body, 1500-1900: A Conference of Archaeologists and Historians

July 4, 2018 - July 5, 2018
Department of History, University of Birmingham

Arts Building
Edgbaston Campus, University of Birmingham B15 2TT
United Kingdom

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This conference brings together archaeologists and historians to explore new ways of studying the body in the post-medieval past. It will explore the challenges and possibilities of combining the archaeological, osteoarchaeological and historical record to understand the body and its role in the human past.

What can bodily remains tell us about experiences of the body during life? How can the physical body be illuminated by using documents? What can scholars working on the history of the early modern body learn from studying the remains of those bodies?

Themes include the body as material culture, bodily display, bodily practices, health in the city and plastic bodies.

Keynote speakers are:

Jelena Bekvalac (Museum of London): Revealing past lives and “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you”

Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins) and Elizabeth Craig-Atkins (Sheffield): Marking Maternity

Madeleine Mant (Memorial): Slips, Trips, Falls, and Brawls: Fractured Bodies in Eighteenth-Century London

David Turner (Swansea): Disability and the Material Body in the Industrial Revolution: Cultural Historical and Bioarchaeological Perspectives

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June 29, 2018, 7:00pm EET

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