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Invisible Bodies: Race, Embodiment and the Life-Course One Day Conference
Ageing, Body, Embodiment, Race, Ethnicity
Event Type:
One Day Event
07 September 2018 - 07 September 2018
University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
Abstract Deadline:
31 May 2018
Dr Sweta Rajan Rankin (Email Contact)
CALL FOR PAPERS: BSA Invisible Bodies: Race, Embodiment and the Life-Course Conference University of Kent, UK 7th Sept 2018

Keynote Speaker: Professor Emma Tarlo, Department of Anthropology, Goldsmiths University 'RACIAL HAIR': The Persistence and Resistance of a Category

This one-day interdisciplinary conference explores the intersections between race, embodiment and later life. Jointly organized by the BSA Race and Ethnicity and the Ageing Body and Society Study Groups, it seeks to extend and deepen current understanding of invisibility and marginalization of racialized minorities and people of colour across the lifecourse. Ethnic minority groups can, paradoxically, be highly visible in their difference (through skin colour, dress, hair style and accents) but through the processes of racialization and othering can be rendered invisible and cast into abjection, both in terms of participation in cultural life, and in public policy discourse. Similar forms of invisibility are evident when we consider gender, sexuality, disability and ageing bodies. Space, place and materiality also intersect with embodied difference in ways that make certain types of bodies visible/ invisible. In particular, this one day conference seeks to bring together academics and researchers whose work focuses on ageing bodies and / or racialized bodies or wish to widen their interests by exploring the embodied dimensions of their research. We encourage researchers to share their perspectives on ‘in/visible bodies’ and / or ‘race, ageing and the body’ and welcome abstracts on different theoretical and methodological approaches, emergent ideas, work in progress, practitioner perspectives, and empirical findings.

Abstracts are invited for 15-20 minute oral presentations or posters. Possible themes may include:

• Race, racism(s), racialisation • Race, colourism, body and embodiment • Race, ethnicity and the ageing body • Absence / presence of ageing bodies • In/visibility of bodies across the lifecourse • Materiality and representation • Ageism, lookism, sexism and racism • Alterity, abjection and othering • Critical race, gender and queer studies • Post-colonial theory, racism and ageism • Racialized and aged geographies and space and place • Visual and sensory methods

Registration and Abstract submission:

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted no later than Thursday May 31, 2018. The outcome of abstract submissions will be provided by Friday June 15, 2018.

Registration - includes refreshments and buffet lunch • BSA members £35 • Concessionary BSA members £25 • Non-BSA members £55 • Non-member Full-time Student £30

Online registration and abstract submission is available at: Please contact for any queries about the conference.

Conference Co-ordinators Dr Sweta Rajan-Rankin (Co-Convenor BSA Race Ethnicity Study Group, University of Kent) Dr Wendy Martin (Co-Convenor BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group, Brunel University London) Professor Julia Twigg (Co-Convenor BSA Ageing Body and Society Study Group, University of Kent)

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