Art Exhibition “Endangered Bodies: Representing and Policing the Body in Western Culture”

Date: 1-15 October, 2018

Venue: Main hall of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon

 We are now accepting submissions for the exhibition to be carried out in the International Conference “Endangered Bodies: Representing and Policing the Body in Western Culture”, to be held in Lisbon, and organized by the CILM project (City and [In]security in Literature and Media), hosted by the Center for Comparative Studies of the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon. Taking the notion of “endangered bodies” as the genesis and point of departure for this conference, and against the background of some redefining events of the 21st century that have entailed multiple responses and critical counteractions –  such as the election / administration of Donald Trump in the USA, the political assassination of human rights activist Marielle Franco, or the #MeToo Movement – we aim to promote an interdisciplinary debate over different types of representations of bodies in popular culture, in a (trans)national and comparative perspective. Moreover, we believe that the bond between artistic practices and academia should be reinforced when discussing issues of representation, thus, in order to demonstrate our support for practitioners that question and challenge visual representations and boundaries of the body, we are organizing an art exhibition to accompany the conference.

We welcome pieces (by individuals or collectives) related to the theme of the conference until the 31st of July; the pieces should be sent to  After a selection process, the chosen artworks are going to be exhibited in the main hall of the School of Arts and Humanities, and the respective authors not only are invited to attend the conference, but will also have the chance to present them in the closing session. Additionally, one of the artworks submitted will be selected by the organizing committee to be featured on all the promoting materials for the conference.


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