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After Queer, After Humanism (Extended Deadline)

Houston, Texas
Organization: Rice University
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, American, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, French, British, Lingustics, German, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Medieval, Early Modern & Renaissance, Long 18th Century, Romantics, Victorian, 20th & 21st Century, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian
Event Date: 2012-09-14 to 2012-09-15 Abstract Due: 2012-06-01

After Queer, After Humanism

Keynote: Lee Edelman (Tufts)
Roundtable: Judith Roof (Rice), Joseph Campana (Rice), Colleen Lamos (Rice), Timothy Morton (Rice), Renee Hoogland (Wayne State)

Queer & Humanism are two categories that have shown their limits in recent critical discussions. This symposium meets to consider the relation between humanism and the theorization of sexuality, gender, and sex. It provides a forum to debate the connection between posthumanism and growing dissatisfaction with “queer” as a critical concept. We also welcome research on posthuman genders and sexualities more broadly, from animals to biotech to digital bodies. Papers can address representation in whatever medium or take up the theoretical coordinates of a topic. “After Queer, After Humanism” calls for proposals, from any period or discipline, on theoretical and cultural production concerning the following themes:

—gender systems
—animal sexuality
—science fiction
—eugenic practices
—digital bodies
—reproduction and fertility
—political genomics
—feminist materialisms
—race and sexuality
—rights discourse
—community formation
—body modification
—homophobic power
—animal breeding
—queer capital
—sexual economies
—cultures of biology
—evolutionary narrative
—pheromone markets
—the liberal subject
—gender and temporality
—political geography
—language practices

Proposals (max. 250 words) are due on June 1. Papers should be readable in 20 minutes, but we encourage shorter pieces which allow more time for discussion. Please email proposals to rice.symposium@gmail.com as a word document or pdf file.



Alanna Beroiza