The online journal 'Jura Gentium Cinema' (www.jgcinema.com) is seeking articles (3,000-4,000 words) for a special issue on the 'Cyborg in Cinema.'
What defines a cyborg is its hybrid condition: a combination of biological and technological components. The history of cinema has depicted cyborgs in many ways and in many genres (especially science fiction and horror), frequently mixing them (due to their constitutive ambiguity) with aliens, mutants, androids, clones, homunculi, robots and monsters. Contemporary reflection on these beings and their boundaries, and how we could all be cyborgs today, as suggested by biologist Donna Haraway in her “Cyborg Manifesto,” has found its way to the screen and opened up a debate that goes beyond science fiction and mainstream cinema. Cyborgs have become a metaphor for discussions of ethics, biopolitics, gender, migration, medicalization and digitalisation along with classic discussions on the opposition of nature and culture and the limits of man.
This dossier calls for papers that promote critical scholarship on the topic of cyborgs in cinema as well as short theoretical essays or polemical pieces addressing the issue.
Proposals may include, but are not limited to the following topics and areas:
• Ontology of the cyborg: blurring the line between the organic and the mechanic
• The technical eye: cyborg perception
• The science fiction’s cyborg and non-fictional cyborg: the intervened body
• The limits of the cyborg: aliens, mutants, clones, homunculi, robots, golems, and other monsters in relation to technology
• Cyborg and society: inclusion and exclusion
• The cyborg rebellion against its master’s will
Contributions are welcome in English, Spanish, French, and Italian.
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