'Posthumanisms and the "Terror" of (Bio)Technologies' Proposals by 1 June 2010 (M/MLA 2010-Chicago-Nov 4-7)

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2010 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention; Chicago; Nov. 4-7

This panel seeks to examine the tensions and intersections among postumanisms, technology/biotechnology, and the rhetoric of fear. Considering new technologies and biotechnologies, which have enabled us to create novel and never-before-seen forms of life - from genetically modified foods to biotic art - is non-human agency something to fear? How is such fear disseminated/consumed and how has it changed the relationship between technology and human or non-human agents? What can new (bio)technologies tell us about non-human agency? How have new technologies changed conceptualizations of "liberal humanism"? How are artists/writers responding to these questions? Please send 300 word proposals, for presentation at the 2010 M/MLA Convention in Chicago, to MaryAnne Laurico at maryanne.p.r.h.laurico@queensu.ca by 1 June 2010.