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"Early Modern Bodies": Third Annual Graduate Early Modern Student Society Research Symposium
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When: Friday, April 26, 2019
8:00 AM
Where: Lowell Center, UW–Madison
Madison, Wisconsin 
United States
Contact: Katherine Robiadek

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“Early Modern Bodies”

Third Annual Graduate Early Modern Student Society Research Symposium

Friday, April 26th, 2019 – 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Lowell Center, UW–Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Early modern people were urgently concerned with bodies: human bodies, celestial bodies, divine bodies, administrative bodies. Problems of corporeality and cohesion shaped debates on every pressing subject, from salvation to the state. Looking backwards to the era of Erasmus and Elizabeth I, the printing press and the air-pump, the Reformation and the Age of Revolutions, we ask how bodies as a heuristic category can reframe our understanding of a signal moment in global history.

How did early modern observers comprehend the raced, sexed, (dis)abled, mechanical, spiritual, sinning, or even transubstantiated body? Why were bodies such potent metaphors for large social groupings, such as the Church, nation, or empire? What bodies of work – literary, scientific, or polemical – propelled transformations in early modern thought? And what about the very word “body,” with its roots in the Latin “corpus” and its implications of physicality, boundedness, and volition, has so compelled people across the centuries?

The Graduate Early Modern Student Society (GEMSS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to explore these themes while seeking to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue among graduate students and others interested in early modernity, howsoever defined. Please join us for this free event that is open to all.

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