Mapping the Body

International Chair : Barbara Stafford,
University of Chicago, US
Canadian Chair : Bridget Elliott,
University of Western Ontario, London, CA


The development of contemporary science has been motivated by an ambition to perfect the mapping of the body. How does this project allow for a reconsideration of the representation of the body from antiquity to contemporary art? Intersections between technologies, the body, image-making, and informatics implicate the body in the work, the body in front of the work, as well as the work as body. Areas of inquiry include issues of identity, sexual difference, and sexual orientation incarnated in the attributes, attitudes and roles assigned to the body in representation in ways that inflect spatial relations with erotic connotations.

Gail Chin, University of Regina, CA
The Japanese Buddhist Body as Seen in the Japanese Handscroll Paintings of Illness

Sylvie Coëllier, Université Aix-Marseille I, FR
Le corps comme devenir-animal chez Annette Messager

Marco Costantini, Université de Lausanne, CH
Le système de cartographie du corps dans l’art et la danse contemporains

Virginie Defente, Université Rennes II / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / École Normale Supérieure, Paris, FR
La représentation du corps par les Celtes au Ve siècle avant Jésus-Christ

Alejandra Gimenez-Berger, Temple University, Philadelphia, US
The Disordered Body: Illness and Royal Portraiture in the Court of Philip II of Spain

Joachim Homann, Hochschule für Gestaltung (HFG), Karlsruhe, DE / Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, US
The Body – Site Specific? The Anatomy of Public Space in Napoleonic Milan

Dorothy Johnson, University of Iowa, Iowa City, US
Fabulation: The Mythological Mapping of the Body in French Art Circa 1800

Lyle Massey, Northwestern University, Evanston, US
“…almost as infallible as the object itself”: Picturing the Female Body in the Eighteenth-century Obstetrical Atlas

Guy Métraux, York University, Toronto, CA
The Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Body: Modelling and Mapping

Joseph Monteyne, State University of New York, Stony Brook, US
Enveloping Objects: Mapping Urban Spaces of Desire and the Erotics of the Commodity in Hollar’s Seasonal Allegories and Fashion Prints

Camille Morando, Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, Paris, FR
Le corps sans limites ou l’acéphalité : le personnage Acéphale secret et équivoque dans les oeuvres des artistes autour du Collège de Sociologie

Allister Neher, Dawson College, Montréal, CA
Albrecht Dürer: The Real, the Ideal, and the Ecstasy of Quantification

Catherine Richards, University of Ottawa, CA
I Was Scared to Death, I Could Have Died of Joy: Databodies

Jean Sorabella, Adelphi University, Garden City, US
Dissecting Statues: Artists, Antiquarians, and the Anatomy of Two Ancient Gladiators

Charlotte Thoraval, Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, FR
L’Œil du sexe

John Welchman, University of California, San Diego, US
Faces and Powers