Posthumanism 20/20. Call for papers for a two-day conference
Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies, Aarhus University
We invite you to submit proposals for a paper on posthumanism.
Posthumanism has become an established field in the humanities with multiple connections to other domains of research and thinking. The work in the field addresses crucial contemporary issues such as the environment, biotechnology, gender, and education. While the diversity of the field is in many ways a strength, it also causes reflection on whether there is a uniting core or the branches are moving apart – as is, for instance, seen in the distance between the Anthropocene and transhumanism.
In this conference, we will ask what presently constitutes posthumanism and how it interferes with society. As some issues that used to be marginal have become almost mainstream, what are the frontiers or unresolved questions? What can the ideas and values of posthumanism bring to the larger table of contemporary discourse and politics?
The keynote will be given by Cary Wolfe, professor at Rice University, the author of several volumes, including “What is Posthumanism?” and the editor of University of Minnesota Press’ Posthumanities Series.
We invite you to submit proposals for a paper of 20 minutes. Please send an abstract (300 words) and a short cv (1 page or 300 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1st, 2020.
Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Conflicts of posthumanism
- Ethical questions and the role of perspective
- Politics and posthumanism
- Human rights, animal rights, and the climate crisis
- Human-Machine Interaction
- Design, including assisted living, bio-design, and AI
- Educational consequences of posthumanism
- Posthumanism in popular culture
- Posthumanism and the grand narratives
Attendance is free, but there will be a fee for the conference.
We have limited funds to provide travel grants for early-career scholars – please let us know if you would like to apply for that.
The conference is organized by the research program Human Futures. In August 2020, The Bloomsbury Handbook of Posthumanism will appear, edited by members of the program.
Katrine Stæhr Bonde,