The purpose of project is to develop a network of scholars in different departments at the University of Warwick and elsewhere who have been exploring the value of human bodies, whether whole or in parts—as property; as the carriers or targets of labour; as differentiated recipients of state disbursements; as carriers of stigma and status. There will be three day symposia, each seeking to explore the value of bodies, whether whole or in parts, asking questions like: How do bodies acquire and lose value? How are disaggregated bodies valued? How does the contemporary valuation, revaluation and devaluation of bodies articulate with our current neo-liberal historic moment?
Bodies of Value is funded by the Institute of Advanced Studies under its Incubation Grant Programme for 2012/2013 to support interdisciplinary research.