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The Royal Body

15 Mai 2011 , Rédigé par leblogducorps.over-blog.com





Call for Papers: The Royal Body

Centre for the Study of Bodies and Material Culture, Royal Holloway,
University of London
2-5 April 2012
'For the King has in him two bodies . a Body natural and a Body politic.'
The idea of the king's two bodies, the body natural and the body politic,
founded on the distinction between the personal and mortal king and the
perpetual and corporate crown, has long been of interest to scholars of
medieval and early modern kingship. In later centuries the natural body of
the monarch remained a contested site, with the life, health, sexuality,
fertility and death of the king or queen continuing to be an important
part of politics. Now royal sex and scandal is the very stuff that sells
newspapers, and royal christening, weddings and funerals continue to
capture the popular imagination. Indeed the 'royal touch' of Aids victims
or sick children remains a potent image. So what is the significance of
the natural body of the monarch to their subjects now and the importance
of it for the concept, and survival, of monarchy?
This conference will explore the bodies of monarchs across Europe ranging
from the medieval period to the present. By considering how the monarch's
body has been washed, dressed, used, anointed, hidden, attacked and put on
display, it will investigate how ideas of king/queenship have developed
over time.
Abstracts of 300 words, for papers of approximately 20 minutes, should be
submitted by 15 September 2011 to Dr Anna Whitelock, Department of
History, RHUL, anna.whitelock@rhul.ac.uk<mailto:anna.whitelock@rhul.ac.uk>
The conference will take place at Royal Holloway, Egham, Surrey, on 2-5
April 2012.
Topics might include:
. Body service - dining, dressing, washing
. Rituals and ceremony
. Bodyservants and bodyguards
. Royal sleep -dreams and nightmares
. Assassination attempts
. Age, health and pregnancy
. Deformity and disability
. Royal births and deaths
. Regicide
. Royal touch
. Divine bodies
. Christenings, coronations, weddings and funerals
. Sexuality
. Fertility, chastity, virility
. Royal doctors
. Effigies and monuments
. Royal Dress
. Sex and Scandal
. Historiography
. Iconography and representation
. Drama and literature
. Political theory

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