APS 2021 Conference

APS Online Conference: 1st-2nd & 9th-10th July 2021

The last 12-months have been a blur for many of us. Plans have had to be put on hold and life as we knew it has completely changed. We have spent more time in virtual worlds, causing us to re-imagine how we interact with one another. The importance of physical connection and its prohibition has also been a cause for collective reflection. To explore the impact the last year has had on us all, the postponed 2020 APS conference on the theme of PSYCHOSOCIAL BODIES is being reignited!

The conference will be virtual and take place over 4 days in July. Delivery of the conference will be through a combination of keynote speakers, presentations, workshops and online interactive events. The theme PSYCHOSOCIAL BODIES intends to cover psychosocial thinking about identity and the body, the body politic, as well as bodies of knowledge. Relevant topics might include:

Bodies under COVID-19; Bodies betrayed; Bodies as sites of resistance; Breath; Cyborg life; Decolonizing bodies of knowledge; Disability studies; Disruptive, non-conforming bodies; Embodiment & embodied knowledge; Grief & unmournable bodies; Identity, mind and body; Psychosomatics; Socially-situated bodies of knowledge; Skin & skin studies; Technologically modified bodies; Touch & forbidden touch; Virtual bodies.

If your proposal was accepted for the postponed 2020 conference, it has automatically been accepted for this years programme. Please do confirm your attendance and topic to Sarah Shorrock: sshorrock1@uclan.ac.uk.

Additional proposals can be for individual papers, workshops, panels and symposia (including a facilitated reading of a chosen core text) on topics and/or activities related to the chosen theme. Please send a proposal of up to 350 words specifying;

A title for your session with your name, contact details and affiliated workplace

A 350 word abstract describing the topic to be explored and its relation to the conference themes.

Please ensure that your contribution can be delivered virtually. Technical support will be provided.

Send your proposal or questions to Sarah Shorrock: sshorrock1@uclan.ac.uk

Deadline for proposal submission: MONDAY 17th May 2021

Acceptance of proposals will be announced TUESDAY 1st June 2021