[UPDATE] Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)

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University of Birmingham (English Department)
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unexpectedagents@gmail.com

Online Registration is now open for:

'Unexpected Agents: Considering agency beyond the boundaries of the human (1800 — the Present)'

A One-day Postgraduate symposium at the University of Birmingham (English Dept.), June 24th 2011

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Kember (Goldsmiths, University of London)

Online Registration: https://www.bhamonlineshop.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&...

Event Webpage: http://www.english.bham.ac.uk/unexpected/

‘Anything that does modify a state of affairs by making a difference is an actor - or, if it has no figuration yet, an actant’

(Bruno Latour, Reassembling the Social, 2005)

Whilst questions of human subjectivity and/or identity remain a persistent focus in literary and cultural studies, this one-day postgraduate symposium aims to consider how we might explore and account for agency from unexpected sources. Papers, plenaries and discussions at this symposium will place the non-human, the object, the supposedly ‘lifeless’ at the centre, with a view to casting new light on and rethinking definitions of human agency and identity from an unconventional, askance perspective.

This symposium aims to acknowledge and yet exceed Bruno Latour’s and others’ focus upon the agency of objects to envision how authors, theorists and cultural producers have imagined and re-imagined the potential agencies of a wide range of entities, to which and to whom access to power is conventionally seen as foreclosed. It will explore how this over-looked but fascinating trope persists across genres and historical boundaries, from Romanticism to Science Fiction, and from 1800 to the present day.

You are invited to join us for what promises to be a truly engaging and international postgraduate symposium.

Registration available online at https://www.bhamonlineshop.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&...

The symposium fee is £15 for University of Birmingham students and £30 for all other delegates.

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cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
gender_studies_and_sexuality
graduate_conferences
interdisciplinary
modernist studies
popular_culture
science_and_culture
theory
twentieth_century_and_beyond
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