FACES OF POSTHUMANISM
Conveying a techno-cultural reality that stands out through hybridization of species and regna, of the biological and the artificial, even of human and non-human, Posthumanism is one of the concepts that are currently under debate. It fuses prolific and conflicting discourses on multifaceted social realities, which are related to genetic engineering, artificial intelligence, bioethics, while it is itself questionable on account of its theoretical fictitious quality. Under the outsized umbrella of posthumanism countless technophiliac and technophobic theories cohabit, attempting to both diagnose present-day (post)human nature and explore diachronically the techno-cultural mores of humanity.
Its relationship with Humanism, on which it relies at least from a lexical point of view, is equally problematic. Are posthumanist discourses the natural offspring of Humanist interrogations or, on the contrary, are they a systematic critique of the values that define what is human, aiming at eroding it for good? More to the point, what is the correct dosage of Humanism within Posthumanism? A reassessment of what human stands for in the most recent technological, economic, and social contexts steers the interpretation of the relationship between nature and culture on the way to new paradigms or to the redefinition of the borders between man and other species or regna. The present questioning of the (post)human articulates the tensions of a reality that is simultaneously assaulted and structured by technology and in which the SF scripts appear to be actual.
With these in view, the journal Meridian critic, http://meridiancritic.usv.ro, invites interested authors to send articles that may take into account the following thematic routes:
- Posthumanism – theoretical depictions
- Gothic fiction and the avatars of the monstrous
- Posthumanism and the mechanics of the avant-garde
- Posthumanism and SF literature
- Representations of posthumanist corporality
- Posthumanism and Transhumanism
- Reason versus Body in the posthumanist imaginariness
- Virtual reality – forms of identity (de)structuring
- Posthumanism and Postmodernism
- Electronic Literature and its genres
We also welcome articles on related areas.
We accept articles written in Romanian, English, French, and German.
Abstracts (200 words), key-words, and complete articles (up to 7,000 words), together with short biographical notes of authors (approximately 400 words) will be sent to the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further details, please visit http://meridiancritic.usv.ro/index.php?page=instructions-to-authors
Deadline for full articles: 30th of June, 2018.