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The Porous Body

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King's College London

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In early modern medical theory, skin was imagined as a porous boundary. Within this interdisciplinary conference, we aim to consider the porousness of the early modern body as physiologically, emotionally, and socially constituted, depicted in art, debated in print and played out in a dizzying array of social practices. In considering the broad dimensions of porous bodies, and the many reasons these ideas changed, this conference investigates boundaries between nature and culture, animal and artifice, human and other.

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Thursday 30 November

1.30pm: Welcome and Introductions

2.00-3.30pm: Panel 1

  • Jemma Field, Brunel University London, Purified, Beautified and Scented: the Cosmetic and Medicinal Life of Anna of Denmark

  • Erin Griffey, University of Auckland, The Lily and the Rose: Henrietta Maria's complexion and the practical and performative treatment of skin at the Stuart court

  • Romana Sammern, University of Salzburg, Palette of Beauty: the Complexion, Art and Medicine

3.30-4.00pm: Coffee break

4.00-5.30pm: Panel 2

  • M. A. Katritzky, The Open University, Shared Skin: transnational parasitic conjoined twins: 1500-1775

  • Birgit Ulrich Münch, University of Bonn, Fremde krenkde and Alienating Skin: The Visualization of Syphilitic Skin in 16th and 17th Century Art

  • Jack Hartnell, University of East Anglia, The Porous Poetics of the Wound Man's Skin

6.00pm: Keynote & Public Lecture*

  • Thomas W. Laqueur, University of California, Berkeley, Seeing Through Fur: the Dog’s Gaze in Western Art

* To attend this public event, please register here


Friday 1 December

9.30-10.30am: Conference Keynote

  • Anita Guerrini, Oregon State University, Imagining Skin: Giant Bones and Giants’ Bodies

10.30-12.30pm: Panel 3

  • Tian S. Liang, University of Oxford, The (Mis)depiction of Skin in China: the Long Eighteenth Century

  • Julia Biggs, Independent Scholar, The Perfumed Threshold: skin and smell memory in Renaissance Jewish Devotion

  • Hannah Lee, Queen Mary, University of London, Painting, Making and Thinking Skin and Race in Early Modern Venice

  • Christina Neilson, Oberlin College, Incarnating Skin: Polychroming Sculpture in Early Modern Europe

12.30-1.30pm: Lunch break (not provided)

1.30- 3.00pm: Panel 4

  • Sophie Morris, University College London, To Cut a Fine Figure: Anatomical Bodies and Courtesy Culture in Late Seventeenth Century London

  • Alun Withey, University of Exeter, Fashioning Politeness: Personal grooming in Eighteenth Century Britain

  • Kathryn Woods, University of Warwick, An Excrement or Anatomical Part? The Emergence of Conceptions of Hair as Porous Structure in Early Modern Anatomy

3.00-3.30pm: Coffee break

3.30-5.00pm: Panel 5

  • Tom Rusbridge, University of Birmingham, Saddle, Horse and Rider in Early Modern England

  • Elizabeth McFadden, The Courtauld Institute of Art, The Iconographic Status of Fur in Early Modern Portraiture

  • Thomas Balfe, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bitten, battered, bedraggled: painted fur as injured skin in the Netherlandish gamepiece

Image: Detail of Queen Henrietta Maria, Anthony van Dyck, before Aug 1632? Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

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