Conference Programme (17 June 2015)

Programme ‘Being Non/Human: Bodily Borders Conference’ – 17 June 2015
Queen Mary, University of London


9:00 – Registration (Bancroft Road Teaching Rooms, Room 4.2)
9.20 – Welcome and Introduction

9:30 – 11.00 – Session 1:

Panel 1: Photography, Corpses and Dolls: Non/Human Imprints

– Framing the Corpse beyond ‘Humanity’
Lauren Summersgill (Birkbeck College, University of London)
– Discussing Dolls: Horror and the Human Double
Sandra Mills (University of Hull)
– An infinite Number of leaf-like skins’: Balzac and the Skin of Mimesis
Polly Dickson (University of Cambridge)

Panel 2: Forming Connections in a Non/Human Environment

– Charles Avery’s The Islanders: Nonhuman Witnessing and the ‘Blind Spot’ of Humanism
Irina Chkhaidze (University College London)
– Transformations and Transgressions in the Later Poetry of Thomas Hardy
Adrian Tait (independent scholar)
– A Window on Imagined Worlds – anthropocentrism and fantasy
Jon Garrad (independent scholar)
– The dog as child: Human/animal psychology and inter-species attachment bonds
Jennifer Adlem (Queen Mary, University of London)

11.00 – 11.30 – Tea/coffee break


11.30 – 12.30 – Session 2:

Panel 3: Humans, Animals, and Inter-species Connections

Panel 3 has been withdrawn due to a last-minute cancellation; Jennifer Adlem’s paper has been moved to panel 2.

Panel 4: The Scientific Body: Brains and Microbes

– Out-sexing Anthropocentrism: Humans, microbes and the entanglements of symbiosis
Nancy Cooper (Goldsmiths, University of London)
– Staging Posthuman Embodiment – the Brain Artefact Interface in Science Fiction Theatre
Susan Gray (Royal Holloway, University of London)

12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch


13:30 – 15.00 – Session 3:

Panel 5: Cyborgs, Machines, Mechanized Humans

– Revisiting the Politics of Cyborg-Monsters: Ein Schrei im Magen des Ungeheuers
Mayu Iida (Goldsmiths, University of London)
– Exploring Humanity in a Mechanizing World: The Case of The Transformers and Japanese Robot Anime
Geert van Iersel (Fontys University of Applied Sciences)
– Us or Other? Cylons and Terminators as Representations on the Machine/Human Divide
Ágnes Kanizsai and Gergely Nagy (University of Szeged, Hungary)

Panel 6: Bodily Limits and Instability: Experiments, Catastrophes, Genocide

– We Have Never Been Posthuman, or The Recognition of Difference in Posthuman Politics
Maciej Czerniakowski (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland)
– Dogs, Aurochs, Zombies: Corporeality and Hurricane Katrina
Christopher Lloyd (Goldsmiths, University of London)
-Primo Levi and Robert Antelme: Mapping the Limits of the Human Body
Stefano Bellin (University College London)

15.00 – 15.30 – Tea/coffee break


15.30 – 17.00 – Session 4:

Panel 7: Threatening Bodies: Weapons, Factories and Technology

– ‘human warious […] That’s the general panoramic view.’ Figuring the Limits of Creative Destruction in Dickens’s Fiction from the 1850s and ‘60s
Joanna Robinson (King’s College London/Museum of London)
– Fly Boy
Fabienne Collignon (University of Sheffield)
– The Idol That I Will Have Been: Human and Divine Origins in the Transhuman Apocalyptic Visions of Thomas Horn, Douglas Hamp and Terry L. Cook
Jonathon O’Donnell (SOAS, University of London)

Panel 8: Transformations in Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Anime

– Transitioning Bodies and Changeling Children in Gregory Maguire’s Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and Out of Oz
Karen Graham (University of Aberdeen)
– “An evil power was obstructing you”: the transformation and solidification of the human in Japanese girls’ media
Anya Benson (University of York)
– Inhumanity and Enchantment in Fairy Tales
Erin Horáková (Queen Mary, University of London)

17.00 – Closing, all are welcome to join us for drinks


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