The Diseased Posthuman: Choreographies of Toxic Embodiment
June 6 and 7th, 2016, TEMA Genus, Linköping University
Organised in TEMA Genus, a symposium The Diseased Posthuman: Choreographies of Toxic Embodiment offered a series of critical and thought-provoking interventions which open the question of embodiment as a bio-techno-toxic one. Here environmental humanities meet medical humanities in a new configuration of the posthumanities.
By putting into question the dichotomist and normative notions of disease, illness, health, life, death, dis/ability and epidemics, the interventions offered by the symposium speakers and participants trouble the divisions between the toxic and the natural body, the human and the posthuman.
Conveying the choreographic interfaces of (non/human) organisms, pharmaceuticals, sickness, pollutants, breathing, public health, biopolitics and environmental issues this event was an open invitation to explore ways in which both nature and technoculture, the discursive as much as the material, form and transform the posthuman bodies, the ways in which they live and die.
Posthumanities International Network (PIN) is a research network formed in collaboration between The Posthumanities Hub at the Linköping University; Centre for the Humanities at the University of Utrecht; Digital Culture Unit of Goldsmiths, University of London; and Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies at the University of Warwick. This posthumanities research network is part of a growing effort to rework the role of the humanities and their relation to science, technology and contemporary society on the basis that our idea of the human is fundamentally reaching its limits and changing.
Many thanks to our dear Maja Bjelica (University of Primorska, Slovenia) for fantastic pictures!
Stacy Alaimo (University of Texas at Arlington) presenting at "The Diseased Posthuman" symposium.
Katie King (University of Maryland) and Anna Kijser (LiU) discussing new materialist SF.
Katie King presenting at "The Diseased Posthuman" symposium
Magda Górska (LiU) and Matthew Fuller (Goldsmiths)
Day 2 and Rosi Braidotti's (Utrecht University) lecture on "How healthy are the Humanities?"
Panel on death, mourning and vulnerability with Nina Lykke (LiU), Tara Mehrabi (LiU) and Olga Goriunova (University of London).
Nina Lykke presenting her paper "The cancerous body as posthuman figuration."
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