CFP: Producing the Human in the Politics of Life and Death (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)
CALL FOR PAPERS
ï¿½Producing the Human in the Politics of Life and Deathï¿½
Panel for the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting 2006: ï¿½The Human and its Others,ï¿½ Princeton University, Princeton NJ, March 23-26, 2006
Deadline for paper proposals: November 30, 2005
Paper proposals are invited for the following seminar at the 2006 ACLA Conference: ï¿½Producing the Human in the Politics of Life and Death.ï¿½
Producing the Human in the Politics of Life and Death
In light of Giorgio Agambenï¿½s ground-breaking theory of bare life, this seminar seeks to create an interdisciplinary discourse that re-examines the politics of life and death which produce, police, and define the human in opposition to the animal. In Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life, Agamben writes: ï¿½What is captured in the sovereign ban is a human victim who may be killed but not sacrificed: homo sacerï¿½ (83). Following Michel Foucaultï¿½s concept of ï¿½bio-powerï¿½ and his claim that the modern state supplants the sovereign ï¿½right of deathï¿½ by the power to ï¿½make live,ï¿½ Agamben suggests that in the extreme case of the state of exception, sovereign authority propels this power to ï¿½make liveï¿½ to a paradoxical excess; stripping individuals of the significant markers of social and political existence, only bare life can subsist. In The Open: Man and Animal, Agamben further argues that the anthropological machine itself produces bare life, a life that i!
s neither human nor anim
al. We invite papers that explore how the dichotomy between man and animal produces a definition of the human that calls into question the relationship between the human and the non-human.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Can the animal respond?; ï¿½Biopower,ï¿½ animality, and humanity; Dasein, the openness to a world, and the animal; animality, voice, and performative; ï¿½bare life,ï¿½ death and the human; procreation, animality, and sexual difference; human, animal, and the (war) machine
Paper Proposals are due no later than November 30th. Abstract should be 250 words, and submitted online at http://aslamp01.princeton.edu/%7Eoitdas/acla06/
The American Comparative Literature Association annual conference is organized primarily into seminars (or ï¿½streamsï¿½), which consists either of twelve papers, if they meet on all three days of the conference, or eight to nine papers, if they meet on two days. Papers should be 15-20 minutes long maximum to allow time for discussion.
For further information about the conference, including the format, please see http://webscipt.princeton.edu/~acla06/site/. The conference may also be found by going to the ACLA homepage, www.acla.org.
About this particular seminar, ï¿½Producing the Human in the Politics of Life and Death,ï¿½ please feel free to contact seminar organizers at mmimran_at_princeton.edu or mmr24_at_cornell.edu
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