The research project “Posthuman Aesthetics” invites proposals for its first conference “Aesthetics, Ethics and Biopolitics of the Posthuman”, 10 – 11 December 2015, at Aarhus University, Denmark.
The idea of the posthuman has emerged as a term that describes various ideas (and realities) of possible radical changes in human existence. Technological advances have made nature increasingly malleable, and the boundaries between humans, animals and machines are challenged and destabilised in various ways. New technologies have enabled us to provide therapy and life improvement for individuals, but the same technologies could also result in a demand for enhancements of people not otherwise in need of treatment. As a consequence of these technological developments, a number of philosophical, ethical and biopolitical questions arise.
The conference wishes to address aesthetic, ethical and biopolitical aspects of the posthuman condition. The use of new technologies are often discussed at the inter-section of philosophy and medicine, but this ignores how large a role aesthetics play in human existence and how it guides desires and choices ranging from bodily changes to visions of life narratives. The conference welcomes proposals that reflect upon such issues from various disciplines.
The conference furthermore invites contributions that address the ways in which art and literature thematise philosophical, ethical and biopolitical implications of the development in the life sciences, for instance in science fiction literature and in art-science collaborations.
A non-exhaustive series of topics include:
- Art-science collaborations
- Notions of subjectivity and identity
- Biopolitics in relation to biotechnology
- The idea and uses of the concepts of the normal, the perfect, and the improved
- The imperfect in art and literature
- The ways in which art and literature investigate the implications of the technological development
- The aesthetic sensibility of intelligent machines
- The importance of the face: face transplants and robotic faces
See more about the Posthuman Aesthetics project, its research group, project outline and individual projects at http://posthuman.au.dk/
Lori B. Andrews, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Peter Boxall, Professor of English, Centre for Creative and Critical Thought, University of Sussex
- Paul Vanouse, Professor of Art, Co-Director of Emerging Practices MFA, and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Buffalo
December 10 – 11, 2015
Deadline for abstract submission: June 15, 2015
Deadline for registration: November 11, 2015
Admission fee: 75€ (faculty), 30€ (PhD/Postdoc)
The admission fee covers the entire conference, including a conference dinner and light refreshments during breaks. An online registration form will follow.
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