- How does the idea of the ‘taboo’ impact on self-perception? How do writers and artists articulate that taboo?
- How do visual artists represent the complexities of the embodied self? Or, how can writers, performers, or musicians do so?
- How is sexual identity articulated by and in the body?
- What happens when the ‘talking body’ conflicts with the ‘talking mind’?
- How do (consensual or non-consensual) body modifications silence the body, or ‘allow’ it to ‘talk’?
- What relationships do erotica, porn and the ‘obscene’ have with the embodied self?
- How does representation of the body facilitate political activism?
- Where do gender and ideology intersect on the site of ‘the body’?
- Is language ever sufficient in talking about bodies?
In addition to the conference presentations, there will be a keynote from Naomi Wolf; a conference ‘Marketplace’ with book and craft stalls; a feminist pub quiz; a small exhibition by artists from the ‘Birth Rites’ Collection; and a reading/performance by the pioneering, Brighton-based group, ‘There Is No Word For It’ (hot pencil press).