Recent scientific discoveries in climatology, animal cognition and microbiology have radically altered our conceptions of ourselves and the environment we live in, both on micro and macroscales. Zooming in on the human microbiome and out to the planetary ecosystem, or even further into infinite cosmic spaces, the sciences are revealing strange dynamics of human-nonhuman interconnectedness, doing away with the established anthropocentrism and the idea of human exceptionalism.
science and culture
Over the past two decades, queer, transgender, and sexuality studies have moved away from the medical model, turning away, as Regina Kunzel puts it, “from the clinic, the couch, and the psychiatric hospital to look instead at histories of sociality, of citizenship, community, culture, politics, the state.” In this special issue, however, we want to return to the sciences of sex, including and beyond the couch, to consider how the surveying and hierarchizing energies of “science” have been put toward the production of understandings of both sexual practice and binary sexual difference, in all of their gendered and racialized dimensions.
Two broadly anthropocene concerns—the ‘human’ condition along with the condition of this human planet, Earth—bear on all discursive practices central to contemporary areas of research in humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Both these concerns reconfigure ways in which humans have come to make sense of themselves and of the world which they share with other forms of life. The anthropocene—ramifications of Cartesian vision of human subject, the giver of meaning, that ultimately subdues all nature and co-existing life-forms—however is challenged by a posthuman turn in the latter half of 20th Century that trenchantly undercuts the foundations of humanism catapulting from the set boundaries established by the ideal of Enlightenment.
The relationship between the sciences and the humanities is one that is currently marked by tension. Often viewed as distinct in their approaches to collecting and creating data, the two fields rarely come together to combine methodologies and form what could be a powerful symbiosis of qualitative and quantitative research. For our 18th annual conference, the English Graduate Student Organization is especially interested in exploring the past, present, and future relationships between STEM and the humanities.
Game Engines Beyond Games is a one-day event that will bring together artists and scholars to explore an expanded concept of game engines.
2021 Clute International Academic Conferences Maui (CIAC) | Education | Business | Science | Technology
January 3-7, 2021
Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa
2605 Kaanapali Pkwy
Lahaina, HI 96761
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020
The Clute Institute, established in 1985, sponsors all Clute International Conferences to promote excellence in academic research.
IN EXTREMIS: THE LIMITS OF LIFE, DEATH AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE LONG NINETEENTH
PROPOSALS OF 500 WORDS (PLEASE ALSO INCLUDE A SHORT BIO) DUE: APRIL 30 2020 (NOTIFICATION BY JUNE)
FINAL ESSAYS OF 7,000-10,000 W0RDS DUE: OCTOBER 31
Proposals should be emailed to Lucy Cogan and Michelle O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org