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Due to covid control regulations Variabilities 5 in 2021
was partially held as Virtual sessions.
This year we are planning to have an onsite conference at the
John and Mabel Ringling Museum of Art and Circus Archive,
Sarasota, FL, USA, 2-5 June 2022.
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Exhibiting Humanity; Inhabiting the Body
Thursday 2th- Sunday 5th June, 2022
Thursday 2nd June
Session 1 10:00am-12:50 am Extraordinary Bodies Across Time
· Sara Melcher, “Inhabiting Bodies with Disabilities in the Book of Deuteronomy”
· Madeleine Sutherland-Meier, “Extraordinary Bodies in Medieval Miracles”
· John Gulledge, “Laughing at/with Posture-Masters: Reflections on Eighteenth-Century Contortionism”
Lunch on your own
4:20 -5:30 – optional tour of Circus Museum
4:45-6:00 (MUSEUM IS OPEN TO 8PM) EVERTHING BUT CA D’ZAN
Friday 3rd June
Session 2 10:00am-12:50 am Gendered and Queer Spectacles
· Edmond Chang, “Stinky, Scaly, Freaky Bodies: Queer Haptic Textuality in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl and The Tiger Flu”
· Delia Steverson, Freakish Black Masculinity: Locating the Suspended Marginal in Native Son and A Lesson before Dying.”
· Krystal Cleary, “Chronic Spectacles: Invisible Disability & Chronic Illness in Netflix’s Afflicted”
Lunch 12:30 – 1:45
Coffee Break 3:00 – 3:15
Session 3 3:30 – 5:00. Afternoon in the Archives
Saturday 4th June
10:00am-11:45 am TITLE
Followed by Luncheon for conferees at Muse, Ringling Museum Pavillion
Session 6, 1:45 – 3:00 Performing Bodies
· Ball, “Edwardian poster children? Disability, agency, representation and crowdfunding in early 20th century South Australia”
· Costa, “Actresses & Freaks: Ishi & Lily Lena”
· Huey, “The Peculiar Body of the Classic Circus Clown”
Coffee Break & Farewell 3:00 – 3:15
Support for this event was provided by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Co-Hosted by New College of Florida; John and Mable Ringling Museum/Tibbals Collection; University of Winchester.