Call for Papers: APS Annual Conference 2020

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University of Essex, Colchester

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd July 2020



Join us for a diverse and creative conference exploring the theme of Psychosocial Bodies. The conference will take place over 2 days at the University of Essex campus in Wivenhoe Park in Colchester. The conference will include cultural and social events on Thursday evening for those delegates who are staying overnight in Essex student accommodation (£55pppn B&B) or travelling home later in the evening.

The theme Psychosocial Bodies intends to cover psychosocial thinking about identity and the body, as well as bodies of knowledge. Relevant topics to be explored might include: Identity, mind and body; Abject, disruptive, non-conforming, unmournable bodies; the ‘body betrayed’; Bodies as the site for resistance; Embodied knowledge; The body politic; Socially-situated bodies of knowledge; Decolonizing bodies of knowledge; virtual bodies; technologically modified bodies; cyborgs and/or disability studies.

CALL FOR PAPERS We are now inviting proposals for individual papers, workshops, panels and symposia (including a facilitated reading of a chosen core text) on topics and/or activities related to this broad 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 include the format of the proposed session, including details of planned activities. This is not counted as part of the abstract but gives an idea of large or small group teaching, experiential learning and/or workshop.


Send your proposal to

Deadline for proposal submission: Friday 31 January 2020

Acceptance of proposals will be announced Friday 28 February 2020


Conference Contact
University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,
CO4 3SQ,

APS 2020 Conference Committee: Lindsey Nicholls, Poul Rohleder, Julie Walsh, Shaul Bar-Haim, Sophie Walters; University Of Essex.


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