CFP: Re/Valuing the Human (11/30/05; ACLA, 3/23/06-3/26/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Gisela Brinker-Gabler
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Re/Valuing the =93Human=94

Animal Symbolicum =97 Homo Sapiens=96 Barbarian =97 Human =97 Woman =97 =
Overman =20
=97 Counter-Human =97 Fellow-Human =97 Inhuman =97 Subhuman =97 =
Being-There =97 =20
Being-With =97 Human Rights =97 Bare Life =97 Singularity =97 Immanent =97=
Silence =96

=93The =93I=94 is a placeholder for the human voice.=94

This list, which could be expanded, testifies to the struggle we face =20=

as we try to assert ourselves in and through language. We find words =20
for ourselves or for others. And we act on those words. Therefore, we =20=

also again and again need to free ourselves from those words, rebel =20
against and reject them, extricate themselves from the languages to =20
which they belong. Through language we negotiate our differences, =20
assert what is important to us. We express and mask our respects and =20
contempts, and we claim and reclaim our dignity. The =93human=94 is a =20=

value in the sense of Nietzsche=92s Genealogie der Moral =97 a value =20
subject to constant and multiple re-valuations, as difficult to =20
surrender, as it is to assert. Any use of that term today requires a =20
rigorous examination and awareness of the field of struggles =20
surrounding the place of the =93human=93 in language. We seek =20
submissions, which explore instances of this struggle of the =93human=94 =
as a value, and the search for alternatives. How have writers, =20
philosophers, artists or human rights advocates grappled with this =20
problem? We look for a variety of perspectives and media in the =20
arenas of discourse, culture, postcolonialism, race, gender, and =20

Please send email abstracts of 150 words and a short bio to seminar =20

Gisela Brinker-Gabler, Binghamton University, =20; Sabine I. G=F6lz, University of Iowa, sabine-=20=

The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2005.

--Gisela Brinker-GablerProfessor of Comparative LiteratureCo-Director, Doctoral Program in Philosophy,Literature, and the Theory of CriticismBinghamton University, New York 13902-6000 ========================================================== From the Literary Calls for Papers Mailing List Full Information at or write Jennifer Higginbotham: ==========================================================Received on Thu Nov 03 2005 - 12:47:16 EST