'Somatechnics' is a newly coined term used to highlight the inextricability of soma and techne, of the body (as a culturally intelligible construct) and the techniques (dispositifs and ‘hard technologies’) in and through which bodies are formed and transformed. This term, then, supplants the logic of the ‘and’, indicating that technes are not something we add to or apply to the body, but rather, are the means in and through which bodies are constituted, positioned, and lived. As such, the term reflects contemporary understandings of the body as the incarnation or materialization of historically and culturally specific discourses and practices, and of activities involving bodies - in medicine, information technology, education, the arts, surveillance, science, law - as fundamentally formative and transformative, cultural and social.
Abstracts (approx 500 words) are invited for papers/performances/panels for the Somatechnics Conference to be held at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia on April 19th-21st 2007. This is the third in a series of bi-annual conferences: previous conferences were Body Modification: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves(2003), and Body Modification Mark II (2005). Somatechnics is the inaugural conference of the Somatechnics Project, a research network whose membership is international and cross-disciplinary.
Possible topics include:
Transgender practices and procedures
Obesity, anorexia, and/or other body ‘pathologies’
Technologies of gender/race/class/etc
Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent, as email attachments, to: firstname.lastname@example.org no later that 1 December, 2006.
Body Modification Conference Committee
Department of Critical and Cultural Studies
New South Wales 2109
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