Forthcoming Events

For a full and regularly updated list of events which reflect the research interests within the Centre, please follow our blog.

De/Constructing the Body: Ancient and Modern Dynamics Fragmentation and Fusion

Friday 17th January 2020
Arthur West Room, 8-11 Abercromby Square,
University of Liverpool,
L69 7WZ

Can the body be construed as one entity or is it really an assemblage of its constituent parts? If the latter, how does the body relate to them? Who determines and controls knowledge about bodies, body parts, and their relational dynamics?

Recent post-humanist theories have resulted in a surge of interest on the body as a cultural conception. Moreover, through recent explorations of embodiment, the body, as Csordas (1993, 135) writes, has emerged as “the existential ground of culture”. However, very little attention has been paid to the issue of body as a composite feature, and to debates surrounding corporeal knowledge and relational dynamics. Can the body be construed as one entity or is it really an assemblage of its constituent parts? If the latter, how does the body relate to them? Who determines and controls knowledge about bodies, body parts, and their relational dynamics?

The project engages with these questions and argues for a greater fluidity in both the signification processes and the signifying agents (patients, bodies, body parts, dead bodies, medical scientists, nurses, religious professionals and entrepreneurs, medical insurance policies, medical technology, biopolitics, etc.) that create focus and subsequently define physical and imagined frontiers in the human body. It comprises three exploratory workshops, each on a distinct but interrelated theme, aimed primarily at fostering blue-sky thinking and encouraging close collaborations between experts from the fields of Humanities, Disability Studies, Health and Social sciences.

Join us for the first of three interdisciplinary workshops, which explore the body as a biocultural conception.

Book online here.

Download the De/Constructing the Body: Ancient and Modern Dynamics Programme

For more information email Esther Eidinow ( or Georgia Petridou (

This event includes Fragmentation and Fusion, the first of three workshops, which explore the ancient and modern body as a biocultural construct.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020, 09.30-18.00
Venue: Arthur West Room, 8-11 Abercromby Square

About this Workshop

This interdisciplinary workshop engages with processes of biocultural mapping of bodies, acknowledges the recursive nature and the diachronicity of body-related debates, and lays emphasis on bodily fragmentation and fusion, two processes crucial to our exercise.

Confirmed Speakers:

Prof. Patty Baker (Kent), Dr. Sean Columb (University of Liverpool), Dr. Jane Draycott (University of Glasgow),
Prof. Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol), Prof. Nicola Denzey Lewis (Claremont Graduate University),
Prof. Anna Marmodoro (Durham University/University of Oxford),
Dr. Ruth Nugent (University of Liverpool), Dr. Emily Heavey (University of Huddersfield),
Prof. Brian Hurwitz (Kings College London), Dr. Georgia Petridou (University of Liverpool),
Ms. Anna Socha (University of Liverpool), and Prof. Francesca Stavrakopoulou (University of Exeter).

The event is generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

There is no fee for this event, which is open to all. However, places are limited. If you are planning to attend, please register here.


From the Galapagos to Gloucestershire: The Mixed Ecology of the BBC Natural History Unit’s programming

Thursday, 16 January 2020
School of the Arts Library
19 Abercromby Square
L69 7ZG

Join Petaer Coates from the University of Bristol to learn more about the NHU, the unrivalled global centre of natural history filmmaking. This evening’s talk by Bristol-based environmental historian Peter Coates (a native of Merseyside) highlights the diverse ecology of NHU programming that a focus on its ‘landmark’ mega-series tends to obscure.

Book your free place here.

The Role of Emotions in Researching the Public’s Health

Wednesday 12 February 2020

Dr Sarah McGarrol, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool with funding received from CHSSoHMT presents The role of emotions in researching the public’s health.

Book your place here.

The 17th IGEL Conference Liverpool

UK 1-4 July 2020

IGEL and the University of Liverpool are proud to welcome you to the Conference of the International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL)

Conference website

Call for papers

For three decades, IGEL has conducted biennial conferences in North-America and Europe.

The 17th IGEL Conference is open for everybody with an interest in IGEL and its main aim: The advancement of empirical literary research through international and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Keynote Speakers

  • Naomi Baron, American University, Washington.
  • David Hanauer, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Roel Willems, Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
  • Eugen Wassiliwizky, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main

Read more about IGEL, membership benefits and how to become a member.

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool!