Call for Papers

Being Non/Human

This is a call for papers for graduate students and early career researchers for a new interdisciplinary discussion group (starting in the upcoming academic year at King’s College London) which focuses on the interactions between the human and nonhuman, discussing relevant articles and providing a forum for graduate students and staff to present papers.

The past few decades have seen an increasing interest in various forms of the nonhuman, including different considerations of the posthuman, a renewed interest in material studies, the rise of animal studies and the development of ecomaterialism. These different fields challenge past and current anthropocentric world views, but in turn have also led to a re-evaluation of what it means to be ‘human’ or indeed ‘nonhuman’. To what extent is the division between the ‘human’ and the ‘nonhuman’ stable? How do interactions between the ‘human’ and the ‘nonhuman’ redefine our concepts of these terms? What terms should be used to describe these entities? Can the ‘nonhuman’ be given a certain degree of subjectivity?

We are looking for papers  (or other less traditional forms of presentations, e.g. group presentations etc)  that examine what it means to be human and/or nonhuman. This could be considered from a variety of perspectives, e.g. the interpretation of the human/nonhuman in literature, sociology, the sciences, philosophy, the arts, etc. Both contemporary and historical perspectives are welcomed. As we aim for these seminars to be interdisciplinary, please bear in mind that your audience may not be from your own field of research.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • The human as a distinct entity
  • The posthuman
  • The animal / ‘animot’
  • Nature and Ecomaterialism
  • ‘Thing Theory’, ‘Object Oriented Ontology’ – what does it mean to be an ‘object’ or ‘thing’?
  • Metamorphoses, hybrids, monsters
  • The nonhuman as an incorporeal being
  • Automata, simulations, technology

Please send abstracts (250 – 300 words) or any queries to: being.non.human AT gmail dot com

Papers should be 15 – 20 minutes, group presentations can be up to 30 minutes.

The group will be run by Sophia Wilson (King’s College London) and Lydia Zeldenrust (Queen Mary), and will take place one Monday evening a month.

The deadline for abstracts is: Friday 2nd August 2013.

The deadline for this year has now passed. Please see the Schedule and abstracts page for details concerning upcoming meetings and presentations.

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About beingnonhuman

Being Non/Human is an interdisciplinary discussion group aimed at postgraduates and early career researchers. The group was set up and is run by Sophia Wilson and Lydia Zeldenrust. Our group is funded by the English departments of King’s College London and Queen Mary, University of London. View all posts by beingnonhuman

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