Bodymaps exhibited at Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Elizabeth Mills (ASRU), Dr Hayley MacGregor (IDS, Sussex University) and Nondumiso Hwlele (Bamabanani Women's Group) worked together to update a series of Bodymaps, which now form part of the Assembling Bodies exhibited at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Cambridge University). Elizabeth Mills and Hayley MacGregor will publish findings from this collaboration in 2009 through a joint IDS/ASRU publication.

Assembling Bodies is a major interdisciplinary exhibition open from March 2009 to November 2010. The exhibition explores some of the different ways that bodies are imagined, understood and transformed in the arts, social and bio-medical sciences.

Assembling Bodies showcases Cambridge's extraordinarily rich and diverse collections, complemented by external loans and exciting contemporary artworks. It brings together a range of remarkable and distinctive objects, including the earliest stone tools used by human ancestors, classical sculptures, medieval manuscripts, anatomical drawings, scientific and medical instruments, the model of the double-helix, ancestral figures from the Pacific, South African body-maps and kinetic artworks.

A series of special events and activities for a wide range of audiences is planned to run throughout the period of the exhibition, until December 2010. Numerous academic lectures, conferences and workshops are also planned. For further details, visit the exhibition website.