CIDRAL Workshop: Unmentionables: Conversations about the Obscene
|Starts:||14:00 17 Feb 2016|
|Ends:||17:00 17 Feb 2016|
|What is it:||Workshop|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Current University students|
This event is part of CIDRAL's Semester 2 programme for the 2015-16 academic year, themed around Cultures and Temporalities.
Concern over the social appropriateness or offensiveness of particular substances, artefacts or behaviours is a cultural commonplace. Everyday life is considered by many cultures to contain elements which are unclear or taboo, often - but not exclusively - including bodily functions and bodily products and parts of the human anatomy (e.g. sex, excrement and genitalia). These require amelioration through specific strategies such as hiding them from public view, subjecting them to social or legal restriction, or denying their existence altogether.
This workshop seeks to unpack some of the issues surrounding this notion of 'obscene things' across a range of different cultural contexts, contemporary and historical. The aim is to start an interdisciplinary conversation about topics often under-discussed or distorted as a result of their perceived inappropriateness, with a view to future collaborative work.
Please register with Dr Amy Coker if you wish to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
Convened by Dr Amy Coker (Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics, University of Manchester).
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