CfP: Shame, Loneliness, and the Body (University of Bristol 2023)

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CfP for Shame, Loneliness, & the Body: Exploring Experiences of Shame & Loneliness in Health & Illness 20 October 2023.

Shame, Loneliness, and the Body: Exploring Experiences of Shame and Loneliness in Health and Illness
20th October 2023, University of Bristol

Experiences of shame and loneliness are near universal, yet have diverse causes and are experienced differently from person to person.

On Friday 20th October 2023, the Centre for Health, Humanities and Science (CHHS) invites PGRs and early career researchers to join the organisers at the University of Bristol for an interdisciplinary symposium on a range of themes related to loneliness and shame, which may include:

  • Loneliness and shame in physical illness
  • Bodily objectiJication
  • Subjective and objective accounts of loneliness
  • ‘Risky bodies’ (bodies that become sites of risk, vulnerability, and shame)
  • Marginalised bodies (exploring how factors such as gender, age and disability affect how some bodies are perceived and treated by the state and society)
  • Shame, loneliness, and the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Mental health, shame and loneliness
  • Presentations of loneliness and shame in Jiction / poetry
  • Historical attitudes towards loneliness
  • Loneliness in healthcare

Keynote speaker: Dr Fred Cooper, University of Exeter, Scenes of Shame and Stigma in COVID-19 project team member.
Fred’s research focuses on shame, loneliness, their histories and futures.

Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes. The organisers also welcome presentations on similar or related topics not mentioned above.

Please send abstracts of 200 and a bio of 50 words to [email protected] by Thursday 31st August 2023.