Posthuman Bodies & Embodied Posthumanisms
An Interdisciplinary Conference
Dates: 12th-14th October 2022
Conference Venue: University of Warwick, UK and Online
Posthuman Bodies and Embodied Posthumanisms is an M4C-funded interdisciplinary and creative-critical conference, curated by postgraduate researchers at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University. The conference is a hybrid, 3-day event with 2 days online and 1 day in person. It aims to interrogate the previously taken-for-granted notion of the human body and intertwine scholarly research with performance and art. We invite participants and attendees to engage with the various ‘posthuman’ approaches to the human, nonhuman, and inhuman body as a site of critique and an ongoing mode of inquiry.
Trang Dang is a PhD student at Nottingham Trent University, funded by NTU Vice Chancellor’s Studentship. Her PhD project focuses on Jeff VanderMeer’s weird fiction, exploring narratives of co-existence between humans and nonhumans and the role of new weird novels in portraying the current climate crisis. Her work on the topics of animal literature, utopian fiction, and American culture appears in academic journals such as Exclamat!on: An Interdisciplinary Journal and Messengers from the Stars: On Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Annelise Edwards-Daem (she/her) is a M4C-funded PhD student at Nottingham Trent University researching the figure of the doll in 20th and 21st century non-binary and women’s writing. Her project examines texts which challenge perceptions of gendered subjectivity by engaging with the figure of the doll; considering this figure in relation to gender, sexuality, race, the Gothic, transhumanism and posthumanism. She is also an Hourly Paid Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and the Network Chair for Gender at Nottingham Trent Students’ Union. Annelise has a few published poems in Off Menu Press, CP Quarterly and Re-side Magazine.
Camilla Pitton is an M4C-funded PhD student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick (UK). She specialises in continental and feminist philosophy. Her PhD project attempts to articulate an ameliorative and non-essentialist notion of the feminine, through (and against) the work of Luce Irigaray. Specifically, she works on intersecting a framing of the feminine as craft and technology with a feminist philosophy of nature.
Camilla has previously worked as a research assistant for Prof. Beatrice Han Pile in The Ethics of Powerlessness project and for Prof. Wayne Martin in the Essex Autonomy Project.
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Liam Rogers is a PhD student at the University of Warwick, funded by Midlands4Cities. Their research examines the relationship cinema and posthumanism; namely, questioning the extent to which “screening posthumanism” is at all possible. In particular, they focus on the idea of critical posthumanism in contemporary science-fiction film and television, exploring how humanness and embodiment are configured in contradictory and ambivalent ways in narratives of AIs, avatars, robots and androids.