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TitelACLA 2016: "Signs, Symptoms, Stigmata: Early Modern Techniques of Inscribing the Body and their Contemporary Relevance"
BeschreibungCfP (ACLA): "Signs, Symptoms, Stigmata: Early Modern Techniques of Inscribing the Body and their Contemporary Relevance"

Organizer: Peter Erickson, Oakland University
Co-Organizer: Katherine Dauge-Roth, Bowdoin College

The following seminar will be held at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. March 17-20, 2016.

Marks seemed to proliferate on the early modern body, which medical, astrological, religious, and judicial discourses cast as impressionable. 1647 saw the publication of the first treatise entirely devoted to stigmata, Théophile Raynaud’s De Stigmatismo, Sacro et Profano, Divino, Humano, Dæmoniaco. Far from employing the term stigmata merely to describe marks resembling those of Christ, Raynaud and his contemporaries gave it a far greater semantic reach, referring to a wide range of marks on skin made by natural forces, by supernatural forces, or by human beings.

Beginning around 1800, however, these marks came under increasing suspicion. In the wake of juridical reforms, the criminal body, instead of being publicly branded, would face subtler methods of surveillance and discipline. In the sphere of religion, claims to have received the stigmata met with skepticism. Even in the field of medicine, the symptom came under intense scrutiny, as it became a commonplace to note that one could be dreadfully ill and yet show no visible signs of it. Aesthetic modernism would indeed seem to have been founded upon a polemic against ornamental decoration, preferring clean lines and surfaces. In his Ornament und Verbrechen, Adolf Loos –– equating architectural and bodily ornamentation –– derided tattooing as primitive and effeminate. Stripped of its juridical and of its spiritual meaning, bodily inscription would thus seem to be on the brink of cultural irrelevance, condemned to the realm of kitsch.

What is the legacy of the early modern tradition of “stigmata,” and how are we to understand its troubled relationship to modernity? Building upon recent scholarship, this seminar calls for a comparative, historical investigation of the practices and meanings of marking the body in the early modern period, and asks after their contemporary relevance. The organizers seek twenty-minute presentations to open lively discussion. We plan to pursue publication of article versions of seminar papers, to be submitted to a blind peer-review process, as an edited volume.

Interested participants are encouraged to submit a paper proposal of 200-250 words through the online portal of the ACLA website:

Please feel free to contact Peter Erickson erickson@oakland and Katherine Dauge Roth for any further questions.
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VeranstaltungsortCambridge, MA
PersonName: Peter Erickson [Prof.] 
Funktion: Visiting Assistant Professor, Oakland University 
KontaktdatenName/Institution: American Comparative Literature Association 
LandVereinigte Staaten von Amerika
SchlüsselbegriffeGenderforschung; Literatur 1580 - 1700; Literatur 1700 - 1770; Literatur 1770 - 1830
Klassifikation11.00.00 17. Jahrhundert; 12.00.00 18. Jahrhundert; 13.00.00 Goethezeit; 14.00.00 Romantik
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