>We are still accepting abstracts for ACLA 2003; deadline extension to Oct.
>15. -- Adam Miyashiro
>"Biotechnology and the Post-Human: Crossing Over Corporealities"
>With the proliferation of new technological practices, coupled with its
>impact in biological, social and medical domains, we continually
>encounter new, unstable, and liminal exchanges that interconnect fields
>and understandings of technology, the machine, the subject and the body,
>the organic and the inorganic. From mechanical androids to
>biotechnological hybrids, contemporary literary, critical, scientific,
>and popular spheres have attempted to understand post-human distinctions
>as "the hierarchy of difference within which narratives of exclusion are
>reiterated [and] become increasingly unstable" (Wolmark, "Staying with
>the Body," _Edging into the Future_ ). Our panel will focus on
>these unstable narratives and modes of literary and biological
>[re]productions that present the ethics and problematics behind fictions
>and realities of a post-human discourse.
>This panel shall consider these post-humanistic discourses within a
>multidisciplinary context (texts, films, anime, biotechnologies), while
>pursuing several broad questions:
>1. How are discourses of post-humanity constructed (i.e., androids,
>bio-mechanical hybrids, alternate/separate consciousnesses/bodies,
>artificial intelligence/life, and genetic engineering/cloning), and how
>do these discourses confront basic questions of the human subject, bios,
>and consciousness? Do these discourses have global/universal
>implications and repercussions? Is the post-human a reflection of an
>ultimate, ergo definitive, marginal Other?
>2. How have in vitro, in vivo, and the possibility of in silico
>fertilizations [as in computer-generated genomes] confounded and
>complicated notions of organic, inorganic, and technological bodies?
>3. In light of cloning controversies, how have genetic manipulation
>and/or eugenics been received in literary and cultural milieus?
>Similarly, in which ways do these medical and scientific practices
>threaten, obfuscate, or demarcate humanity?
>4. In which ways have biotechnological advances, and its contingent,
>globalization, reflect states of cris is and emergency (for example, the
>lack of Aids treatments continue to reflect the biopower reified by
>5. In a cultural and literary scope, how has scholarship encountered
>and envisioned post-humanity? From a global and international critical
>purview, how have cultural discursive productions from law to popular
>media been impacted by the globalization of these notions of
>Please send your abstracts and queries to:
>Oscar FernĚndez, Adam Miyashiro
>Dept. Of Comparative Literature
>The Pennsylvania State University
>311 Burrowes Bldg
>University Park, PA 16802
>e-mail submissions are welcomed:
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>Adam Miyashiro, Penn State University
>Oscar FernĚndez, Penn State University