Next Week: Transforming Bodies Conference

Transforming Bodies Conference
Cornell University, April 21-22, 2017

Presented by the Early Modern Conversions project and Cornell University

In this conference, we propose to explore the centrality of bodies to concepts and practices of conversion in the early modern world. How are bodies – animal, human, vegetal, epistemological – transformed by these concepts and practices, and how do they transform the concepts and practices by their material and virtual presences, by their own performances and practices of conversion, by their resistance to metaphysical and ontological interpretation? This Call for Papers seeks work that crosses disciplinary boundaries even as it questions the boundaries imposed by various knowledge systems on a wide range of bodies. Topics will include, but are not limited to: virtual and corporate bodies as artifacts of conversion; race and conversion; transgender bodies; bodies performing conversion; animality; beauty and seduction; bodies of knowledge; corporeal ecologies; vegetation and bodies of land and water; and monstrous/ magical/ witchlike bodies.

Please see the conference program for the times and locations of panels. Abstracts and biographies are posted at
Transforming Bodies Program