We are pleased to invite you to attend our
Different Shades of White: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Albinotic Body
6 - 8 September 2018 at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Albinism made international headlines in recent years, from the terrible atrocities inflicted on persons with albinism in Eastern Africa to the emergence of fashion models with albinism around the world. It is much more than a medical phenomenon. At the conference, participants present papers that discuss albinism in historical, social, aesthetic and/or political perspective. We are interested in the varying perception, performance, representation, framing and treatment of albinism across different times and in several locales. How does the presentation of albinism differ in medicine, art photography, fictional literature or in the humanities and social sciences? The conference brings together experts from inside and outside academia to foster dialog and exchange about practical, political, artistic and scholarly perspectives.
Keynote lectures by
Ikponwosa Ero, United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of human rights by persons with albinism
Charlotte Baker, Lancaster University
Conveners of the conference are the members of the research project "Un/doing Albinism: Recodings of a bodily difference through historically shifting frames" at the Department of Anthropology and African Studies, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Prof. Dr. Matthias Krings coordinates the project; Kathrin Hoff and Christopher Hohl are research assistants. The project is itself a subproject of a larger multidisciplinary DFG Research Group "Un/doing Differences. Practices in Human Differentiation," established in 2013.