Posthumanism: genders, sexualities, and literatures

Страна: Канада

Город: Toronto

Тезисы до: 10.12.2016

Даты: 28.03.17 — 30.05.17

Область наук: Философские;

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Организаторы: Ryerson University


The posthuman destabilizes dominant conceptions or understandings of humanity and radically questions what Braidotti calls its “supreme ontological entitlement”. Queer theories’ propensity to radical critique offers a fruitful perspective for contemplating, elaborating, and assessing “the posthuman”. From the natural sciences to anthropology, from literary theory to medicine, from philosophy to engineering, the posthuman has been called upon to innovate disciplinary discourses by articulating what had been unthinkable, unsayable, and untheorizable: the possible obsolescence of the very subject who formulated them. This contemplation of the outer margin of discourse, this view from beyond the border, is most spontaneously, and perhaps most richly, undertaken from the queer’s position of self--‐‑reflexive marginality. Because “humanity” is never neutral or abstract but always embodied within specifications of gender, sexuality, class, race, ability, an analysis of the posthuman can productively engage any or all of these categories. Indeed, because it questions the most basic and entrenched identity category in which all subjects recognize themselves, that of humanity, the posthuman opens a space for hybridization, contamination, intersectionality, and pluralism. This can be fruitfully applied both to ways of conceiving, impersonating, and representing subjects and to ways of producing, organizing, expressing, and disseminating knowledge. We welcome proposals that address these issues and inflect our keywords outwards in a wide range of directions, emphasizing their interconnectedness in innovative ways: think of the posthuman and marginal identities; posthuman anthropology; gender identity and the posthuman; gender, ability and the posthuman body; posthuman sex; virtuality, hybridity, and posthuman performativity; etc. We are also interested in contributions which question or deconstruct the customary modalities of presentation at academic conferences.

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