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>From: "Samantha Murray" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Somatechnics Conference 2007 
>(Australia) (12/1/06; 4/19/07-4/21/07)
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>Somatechnics Conference 2007
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>'Somatechnics' is a newly coined term used to highlight the inextricability
>of soma and techne, of the body (as a culturally intelligible construct) and
>the techniques (dispositifs and ëhard technologiesí) in and through which
>bodies are formed and transformed. This term, then, supplants the logic of
>the ëandí, indicating that technes are not something we add to or apply to
>the body, but rather, are the means in and through which bodies are
>constituted, positioned, and lived. As such, the term reflects contemporary
>understandings of the body as the incarnation or materialization of
>historically and culturally specific discourses and practices, and of
>activities involving bodies - in medicine, information technology,
>education, the arts, surveillance, science, law - as fundamentally formative
>and transformative, cultural and social.
>
>Abstracts (approx 500 words) are invited for papers/performances/panels for
>the Somatechnics Conference to be held at Macquarie University, Sydney,
>Australia on April 19th-21st 2007. This is the third in a series of
>bi-annual conferences: previous conferences were Body Modification: Changing
>Bodies, Changing Selves(2003), and Body Modification Mark II (2005).
>Somatechnics is the inaugural conference of the Somatechnics Project, a
>research network whose membership is international and cross-disciplinary.
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>Possible topics include:
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>Body modification/sculpting
>Performance art
>Visual art
>Medical technologies
>Enhancement technologies
>Religious rituals
>Multi-media technologies
>Transgender practices and procedures
>Cosmetic/reconstructive surgeries
>Obesity, anorexia, and/or other body ëpathologiesí
>Cyborgs
>Nanotechnology
>Euthanasia
>Reproductive technologies
>Transplant technologies
>Incarceration
>Racialization
>Torture, terrorism
>Sport
>Technologies of gender/race/class/etc
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>Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent, as email attachments,
>to:[log in to unmask] no later that 1 December, 2006.
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>
>Further information
>
>Body Modification Conference Committee
>Department of Critical and Cultural Studies
>Macquarie University
>North Ryde
>New South Wales 2109
>Australia
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>Conference Website: http://www.somatachnics.org/conference
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>Email: [log in to unmask]
>Phone: + 61 (0)2 9850 8760

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