UPDATE: Somatechnics Conference 2007 (Australia) (12/1/06; 4/19/07-4/21/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Samantha Murray
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Somatechnics Conference 2007

'Somatechnics' is a newly coined term used to highlight the inextricability
of soma and techne, of the body (as a culturally intelligible construct) and
the techniques (dispositifs and 'hard technologies') in and through which
bodies are formed and transformed. This term, then, supplants the logic of
the 'and', indicating that technes are not something we add to or apply to
the body, but rather, are the means in and through which bodies are
constituted, positioned, and lived. As such, the term reflects contemporary
understandings of the body as the incarnation or materialization of
historically and culturally specific discourses and practices, and of
activities involving bodies - in medicine, information technology,
education, the arts, surveillance, science, law - as fundamentally formative
and transformative, cultural and social.

Abstracts (approx 500 words) are invited for papers/performances/panels for
the Somatechnics Conference to be held at Macquarie University, Sydney,
Australia on April 19th-21st 2007. This is the third in a series of
bi-annual conferences: previous conferences were Body Modification: Changing
Bodies, Changing Selves(2003), and Body Modification Mark II (2005).
Somatechnics is the inaugural conference of the Somatechnics Project, a
research network whose membership is international and cross-disciplinary.

Possible topics include:

Body modification/sculpting
Performance art
Visual art
Medical technologies
Enhancement technologies
Religious rituals
Multi-media technologies
Transgender practices and procedures
Cosmetic/reconstructive surgeries
Obesity, anorexia, and/or other body 'pathologies'
Reproductive technologies
Transplant technologies
Torture, terrorism
Technologies of gender/race/class/etc

Abstracts (of no more than 500 words) should be sent, as email attachments,
to:nikki.sullivan_at_scmp.mq.edu.au no later that 1 December, 2006.

Further information

Body Modification Conference Committee
Department of Critical and Cultural Studies
Macquarie University
North Ryde
New South Wales 2109

Conference Website: http://www.somatechnics.org/conference

Contact Email: nikki.sullivan_at_scmp.mq.edu.au

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