MLA Convention 2016, Austin Texas
7-10 January
Forum: 18th- and 19th-Century German Literature
Posthumanism in the Era of Humanism: Concepts of the Human in the German Long 18th Century.
Whether we think of technology in terms of devices or media, the intersection between technology and humans is not restricted to the late 20th and early 21st centuries—nor is the expansion of the concept of the human. In this regard, the prefix “post” in posthumanism is deceiving, suggesting succession and separation at the expense of a recognition of simultaneity and dependence between related developments. The panel invites contributions that return to the era of humanism to explore intersections between humans and technology, humans and animals, humans and machines, humans and their environments, or other instances that challenge the boundaries and centrality of the human subject. In addition to investigating features of posthumanism within the era of humanism, papers may also reflect on the humanism of contemporary posthumanist theories.

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Stefani Engelstein
Associate Professor of German
University of Missouri
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