JRRI Summer Conference 2020. Veiling the Body: Cloth, Skin, Membrane, Paper. Digital Conference 11-12th June 2020, 3pm-6pm UK Time (GMT +1)
|Starts:||11 Jun 2020|
|Ends:||12 Jun 2020|
|What is it:||Conferences|
|Organiser:||John Rylands Research Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
The word ‘veil’ most commonly connotes a piece of cloth worn on the body not primarily for warmth or protection, but as a symbol, usually of modesty or withdrawing from a public realm. In many cultures, veils have held a contradictory status of concealing the (most often female) body and of heightening the significance of exposure. In Europe, the word ‘veil’ and its cognates have also variously connoted: human skin and bodily membranes; draperies and curtains in religious and secular spaces; relics; and the separations between material and spiritual realms. In all contexts, the word points to secrecy and hiddenness, inflected with the potential for exposure and display.
Veiling the Body brings together these themes in a cross-disciplinary workshop to explore the themes of secrecy and exposure, as well as the interrelations between the skin and membranes of our bodies, the cloths that cover them, and the materials with which we represent both.
Panel sessions will be held on the topics of
- veils and hair
- skin, membranes and tissues
as well as a more free-form session to discuss historic and contemporary art objects.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this conference will be held online, with papers circulated in advance, and discussions held over Zoom.
The conference will be free to attend. We will have a cap on the number of attendees to ensure that discussion sessions run smoothly, and we ask all prospective participants to briefly explain their interest in the topic. Please register here:
Registration will be open until the 8th June, though places may fill up before then.
Travel and Contact Information
The John Rylands Library Deansgate