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Durham University

Department of Anthropology

Postgraduate Conference 2018


2018 Durham Annual Postgraduate Conference

Durham University Anthropology Department invites postgraduate students in all sub-disciplines of anthropology and related fields, to the upcoming PG conference

Durham University, 24th April 2018.

Throughout its history anthropology has engaged with the study of biological and social bodies. Biological bodies were quantified, qualified and described, while social bodies are discussed in ways that challenge naturalized ideas about oppression and power, race, sex, gender and in the end humanity itself. Bodies in anthropology and its sister disciplines have been studied as subjects and objects, meaningful and material, individual and social, and all at the same time.

This conference seeks to explore “the body/bodies”, broadly conceived, from all sub-disciplines of anthropology and related disciplines, in all of their various approaches and conceptualizations. To fulfil the aims above, we welcome proposals on human and non-human bodies, living and non-living bodies, and their interactions including proposals that emerge from biological, medical and social anthropology. Some of the themes to consider are:

  • Biological bodies - biological anthropology of bodies, human/animal interaction, animal and/or human bodies and behaviours
  • Medical bodies - health, reproduction/fertility, genetics, biomedicine, suffering/dying, dead bodies, health and illness
  • Bodies in society - education, gender /sexuality, citizenship, spirituality/faith/religion, power, governance, art/fashion/aesthetics
  • Bodies in science and technology
  • Moving bodies - migrations, bodies in nature, bodies in conflict, commodified bodies, sports, performing arts
  • Digital bodies
  • Other bodies (broadly conceived)

Paper and poster proposals should include:

  • author name(s), affiliation(s) and contact email,
  • paper title,
  • a paper abstract (200 words max),
  • and short bio (200 words max).

Please clearly indicate whether you submitting a paper or poster proposal.

Registration is free.

Please submit your proposals no later than 31st January, 2018 to

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 15th February 2018.

Registration opening dates will be announced in due course. Places are limited. Updates will be announced on the Facebook page and the website:

For any enquiries please contact: and please indicate a specific issue or topic in the e-mail subject line.

We are looking forward to seeing you at Durham University.


The organizing committee