Fabricating the Body: Post-modern and Post-human Bodies (MMLA: Columbus, OH Nov. 12-15 2015)

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This year's Fabricating the Body panel is soliciting proposals for papers that explore the notion of bodies in our post-human or post-modern culture. Given this year's theme of "Arts and Sciences," this panel seeks papers that consider how scientific inquiry and philosophy has impacted our understanding of bodies in media (literature, film, comics, video games, etc.) or as consumers of media. Possible topics include, but are not limited to, theories of the post-human or post-modern body; (dis)abled, queer, global, marginalized, etc. bodies; embodied media consumption or media that requires user interaction; media that constructs, depicts, or implicates bodies in uniquely post-human or post-modern ways; the function of bodies in a given genre (horror, erotica, etc.) or media (comics, film, video games, etc.), etc. Although we are primarily interested in addressing the post-human or post-modern body in some manner, we appreciate textual or theoretical analysis of a wide-range of media, modes, and issues.

Please send any questions you might have as well as 250 word abstracts by April 5th, 2015 to panel chair Corey Efron, efron.2@osu.edu.​

This year's MMLA convention will be held in Columbus, OH Nov. 12-15, 2015.