[UPDATE] Re/Considering (In)humanity/ies: A Graduate Conference in Reno, 26-27 February 2016

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Re/Considering (In)humanity/ies
The 6th annual College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium (CLAGS)
Conference Date: February 26-27, 2016
Conference Location: University of Nevada, Reno
Submission Deadline [UPDATED]: December 15th, 2015
Submission Address: CLAGS2016@gmail.com

Keynotes: Beauvais Lyons, "Prank Theory"

Call for Papers:

The submission deadline is hereby extended. Submissions will be accepted until 15 December 2015.

The University of Nevada, Reno, invites scholarly and creative submissions for the sixth annual College of Liberal Arts Graduate Symposium (CLAGS). Individual presentations and panel proposals should include name, submission title, and institutional affiliation. Proposals should be no more than 150 words; panel proposals should include an abstract and title for the entire panel, along with individual descriptions of the constitutive presentations. All submissions are due via email to clags2016@gmail.com by December 15, 2015.

Even as late as post-modernity, we find authors who speak of the human's purported supremacy over those with whom it shares the earth. As the story goes, the human alone reigns supreme in the universe. Today, we find this hubris difficult to sustain. In the academy, the paradigmatic shifts in emphasis (from hierarchy of power to democracy of network, inhuman struggle to nonhuman animal, edified architecture to ordinary object, etc.), reflect this re-valuation. Despite the human's alleged subordination to--or dissolution in--the digital or the cyborg, we are inclined to wonder: has the category "human" endured despite, or even because of, its "post-human" fate? Or has the "human" been forever washed away like an etching drawn on the seashore, as Michel Foucault predicts? In either case, how are we to understand and cope with the inhuman atrocities that take place on a daily basis around the globe?

This year's symposium addresses the ways in which the afterlives of humanism (inhuman, post-human, non-human, etc.) variously work to support, complicate, and undermine our understanding of the human: its definition, epistemic function, and ontological underpinning.

We seek submissions that consider, or reconsider, humanity, inhumanity, or the humanities, across a variety of fields including, but not limited to:

Humanist Landscapes

  • Global capitalism
  • Contemporary/urgent crises
  • Deconstructing the anthropocene
  • Mythical and human history
  • Violence

Public Viewership

  • Memory, performance, storytelling
  • Abstractions vs. lived experience
  • Voyeurism, gaze, objectification
  • Inscription, re-inscription, description


  • Posthuman and/or New Materialist bodies
  • Non-human and/or geographical bodies
  • (De)colonized bodies
  • Theorized, rhetoricized, and/or historicized bodies
  • Textual "bodies"
  • Political bodies