Final call for abstracts extended to April 22nd 2013:
Somatechnics International Conference
Missing Links: The Somatechnics of Decolonisation
at Linköping University 17-19 June 2013
We invite papers from any relevant area of enquiry – history, philosophy, postcolonial theory, critical disability studies, feminism, queer theory and more – that engage with and unsettle the notion of missing links.
For a description of the aim of the conference, please see http://www.tema.liu.se/tema-g/somatechnics-international-conference-missing-links?l=en.
Please send abstracts of 250 words by 22 April to the organisers Susan Stryker, Margrit Shildrick and Nina Lykke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Somatechnics panels: in addition to general abstract submission, the following specific panels are looking for participants, and more will be added as they are suggested (see http://www.tema.liu.se/tema-g/somatechnics-international-conference-missing-links/abstracts-panels-and-registration?l=en). For more detailed descriptions of the panels and enquiries about them, please e-mail the specific panel co-ordinator directly. Please send your abstract (by 22 March) to the panel co-ordinator; your abstract will also be considered outside the panel if unsuccessful there.
The Somatechnics of Romaphobia
Panel convened by Pia Laskar
This session will explore the intersections between ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and other social and economic embodiments, biotechniques and representations of Roma. The panel seek to decolonize ideas of Roma by investigating the ‘somatechnical’ linkages between practices of e.g. othering, coercion, exploitation, and domestication, and others, that transform individual corporealities into aggregate bodies politics.
Please send your paper proposals to email@example.com
Somatechnics of the Living: art, science, technology and the (non)human embodiment
Panel convened by Marietta Radomska,
This panel aims to bring together a variety of contributions which critically engage with the ways in which this broadly understood transdisciplinary area of artistic, scientific and (bio)technological practices discipline, re/decolonise, re/deterritorialise or otherwise affect (non)human embodiments.
Please send your paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Re/de Colonizing Corporeal Practices
Panel convened by Frida Beckman
Many kinds of bodies seem to vacillate between rebellion or “opting out” of controlling systems and the re-incorporation into the system typical of control society. This panel seeks abstracts that identify and analyze different corporeal practices in the tension between subversion and recolonization.
Please send your paper proposals to email@example.com
Where be Dragons? Locating Contemporary Monsters
Panel convened by Line Henriksen
This panel aims to go in search of present day, supernatural beasts (and survive, preferably). It therefore invites papers that engage with mapping monstrous entanglements of everyday (digital) technology, embodiment and tales of the supernatural, pointing out where ghosts and ghouls roam these days as well as who and how they haunt.
Please send your paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Somatechnics of normalising and queering bodies in medical contexts
Panel convened by Marie-Louise Holm
This panel will welcome presentations dealing with modifications of different body morphologies from either historical or current perspectives by researchers working within various disciplines or working on inter- or transdisciplinary projects.
Please send your paper proposals to email@example.com
Prostheses and queer crip bodies
Panel convened by Margrit Shildrick
The notion of the prosthesis has many connotations in disability discourse. The panel invites contributions from any discipline that engages with the term to problematise it in the context of queer crip bodies which may or may not count as disabled.
Please send your paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pussy activism and the politics of pleasure
Panel convened by Malena Gustavson
Lately there has been an increasing activity in feminist sex education, sometimes referred to as pussy activism. This panel invites papers that examine the feminist / queer sex activism and its interventions.
Please send your paper proposals to email@example.com
Un-packing the Question(s): Post Colonial Feminism, the Gender Agenda and ‘other’ Bodies in the Global South
Panel conveyed by Nkolika Ijeoma Aniekwu
This panel would investigate, and possibly answer, emerging sexist and feminist perspectives, queries and questions on queerness, embodiments and ‘other’ critical theory in the Global South and post colonial Africa.
Please send your paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tranimacies: Transgender, Animal, and Affect Studies
Panel convened by Eliza Steinbock
This panel proposes four papers that deal with the “missing links” of somatechnical entanglements between transgender experiences, animals and ugly/glorious affects. We hope to highlight lines of inquiry that forges new connections and alliances amongst the critical investigation of trans embodiment, animals and affective histories/futures. We invite participants to explore the “animacies” (Chen) that shape transgender and animal studies discourses today.
Please send your paper proposals to email@example.com
Towards a queer iconology or how to decolonize images
Panel convened by Victoria Mateos de Manuel
In the field of classical iconology images are not just the presentation of some figures, but symptoms of ideas and politics that go beyond the narrative framework of the picture. Nevertheless, the sexualized and gendered body is seen as an exception of the iconological analysis: it is presented as one which does not reveal a symptom, but a factual reality (Warburg, Panofsky). In a queer methodology the iconological analysis could be read in a new light that considers analysis of pornography as well as Lacanian notions of metaphor and metonymy, and more.
Please send your paper proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
Further suggestions for panels of 4 presentations are very welcome. Contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
Further information on the conference, registration, accommodation etc., please see http://www.tema.liu.se/tema-g/somatechnics-international-conference-missing-links?l=en.
If you have any questions, please contact the organisers (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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