CfP: 'Different shades of white: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the albinotic body'

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Call for Papers
September 6, 2018 to September 8, 2018
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Human Rights, African History / Studies

Conference on 'Different shades of white: Interdisciplinary perspectives on the albinotic body' in Mainz, September 6-8, 2018 (

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. Our conference looks at albinism in historic, social, aesthetic and political perspective. How have conceptions of albinotic bodies varied and changed? We are interested in the perception, performance, representation, framing and treatment of albinism across different times and in several locales.

The conference aims at bringing together approaches from the humanities and social sciences, as well as interested contributors from the life sciences. We also encourage activists and artists to present their work and foster a dialogue about practical, political, artistic and scholarly perspectives.

A small exhibition will display the work of art photographers who have made people with albinism their sujets.

Please see the full Call for Papers. Submit your abstracts (no more than 350 words) and a short biobibliographical note to The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018.

Contact Info: 

Kathrin Hoff,
Christopher Hohl, and
Matthias Krings
from the Department of Anthropology and African Studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
Research project: Un/doing Albinism: Recodings of a bodily difference through historically shifting frames

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