Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies

Skeletons and Social Bodies

Skeletons, Stories and Social Bodies Conference

24th – 26th March 2017

University of Southampton

(The following was copied and pasted from the SSSB17 conference website)
SSSB is an interdisciplinary conference, and therefore we invite abstracts which cover a range of aspects of death and anatomy. We encourage individuals from all areas and stages of study to consider submitting an abstract, and whether they are from a commercial/industrial or academic background.

You may submit an abstract for a podium presentation, a Pecha Kucha* presentation (see below), or a poster presentation.


Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • history of anatomy and dissection
  • death in the modern age
  • dissections, prosections and technology: can we ever replace cadavers in a medical setting?
  • ethics of display of human remains
  • funerary practices through the ages
  • disability and disease: archaeological and medical
  • changing attitudes to death and the human body (eg. the death positive movement)
  • battlefields, disaster areas, and identification of the dead
  • forensic methods, eg. facial reconstruction
  • dead on the big screen: television, documentary, film and media
  • lifecourse and osteobiographies
  • sex and gender, biology and identity
  • morphology and evolutionary anatomy
  • the body social

Abstracts should be no more than 300 words, and should be formatted in a Word file (either a .doc or .docx file). Please include the following information when submitting your abstract: your full name, institution/company, and whether you are applying for a podium, Pecha Kucha*, or poster presentation.

Please submit your abstracts via email to by Friday 16th December 2016. If you have any questions, please contact us as soon as possible.
* What is a Pecha Kucha presentation?
 A Pecha Kucha presentation, otherwise known as a ’20×20′ presentation, is a concise presentation format consisting of exactly 20 slides which are each displayed for 20 seconds. The slides are set to change automatically after 20 seconds, therefore producing a presentation which is exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds in length. This type of presentation works best with images and little text, so would work very well for particularly visual presentations or projects.

Further information is available at If your abstract is accepted for a Pecha Kucha presentation, you will be sent further guidance on how to format your presentation. If you have any questions, please contact the organising committee.
Call for Workshop Proposals
We also invite proposals for workshops, which will be run on the final day of this three day conference. Workshops should be related to the overall theme of the conference, but can cover a topic not listed above.

In your proposal, please include the following information:

  • title of the workshop
  • organisers and main contact (including contact details for all)
  • number of delegates per group/session
  • target audience/profession
  • any requirements of the delegates taking part
  • facilities required (eg. classroom, laboratory, open space, etc)
  • technical equipment required (eg. computer/audiovisual equipment)
  • outline of the workshop, including aims or objectives
  • relevance to the conference theme
  • any health and safety concerns or associated risks of the workshop
  • is this a new workshop, or has something similar run before? If so, please give details

Organisers will be asked to run their workshops twice (up to two hours each), or can run a four hour ‘drop in’ session. Please specify which format you would like to run when applying, and why you feel this format would work best for your workshop.

Please submit workshop proposals to by Friday 18th November 2016. If you have any ideas, we encourage you to contact the committee to discuss your proposal informally so we can advise you on whether we have suitable facilities.
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