Posthumanities in Asia: Theories and Practices

deadline for submissions: 
April 20, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Takeshi Kadobayashi / Department of Film and Media Studies, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University
contact email: 

Date: June 8–9, 2019

Venue: Kansai University, Osaka, Japan

Confirmed keynote speaker: Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University)


We invite proposals to the Posthumanities in Asia conference at Kansai University. Since the turn of the century, we have already seen rich discourses and intense discussions on posthumanism, ranging from the criticism of classical humanist subjectivity from the posthuman perspective, to the transhumanist vision of the technological transcendence of humanity. There is widespread concern about the loss of relevance of the humanities and critical theoryin this posthuman condition. Drawing on the idea of the posthumanities, this conference seeks to articulate salient propositions to redress this, providing a venue for presenting papers with theoretical and critical perspectives on posthumanism/posthumanities, and for discussing the current state and possible futures of humanities and critical theory.

Why posthumanities in Asia? Partly because the conference takes place in a particular location in Asia, but we believe that Asian perspectives will provide alternative voices to critically evaluate the Western-oriented discourses of posthumanities. What do posthumanities in Asia look like? How can non-Western traditions of humanism provide useful resources in order to overcome this posthuman predicament? The Posthumanities in Asia conference aims to foster interdisciplinary, transnational and cross-cultural conversations to aid and abet this plight. While our interest lies in the contemporary situation and discourses of posthumanities in Asia, we welcome a wide range of methodologies and topics across various disciplines and geographical locations in order to produce a locus for critical dialogue. 

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

–Critical evaluation of the theories of posthumanism/posthumanities

–The issue of subjectivity in posthumanism

–Practices of posthumanitiesfrom wide range of geographical locations and institutional backgrounds

–Critical and historical assessment of the current state of humanities, especially in Asia

–Posthuman representations in literature, visual arts, cinema, and other genres and media

–Posthuman perspectives on climate change, global warming, Anthropocene, as well as other topics of eco-criticism and disaster studies

–Bio-ethical and geo-political dimensions of posthumanism

–Posthumanism and animal studies

–Feminist perspectives on posthumanism/posthumanities

–Digital media studies and/or digital humanities and posthumanities

–Science and Technology Studies perspectives on posthumanities


Please submit your proposal by email to:

Submissions must be 20-minute presentations that cover the theoretical and practical issues of posthumanities from various disciplines and methodologies. We welcome individual papers as well as panels with three or four contributors. Presentations of artistic and/or cultural practices related to posthumanism/posthumanities are also welcome.

Your submission email should include the following:

1) Your name

2) The title of your paper

3) A 200–250 words abstract

4) Your institutional affiliation and position

5) A brief biography (up to 80 words)

6) Your contact information (email and physical address)


The deadline for proposal submissions is April 20, 2019. We will notify authors of paper acceptance no later than April 25, 2019. If you have any further questions, please email us at:

 The conference is organized by Takeshi Kadobayashi (Kansai University), Yosaku Matsutani (Kokugakuin University), and Nobuhiro Masuda (Ritsumeikan University). It is made possible by the kind support from the Faculty of Letters, Kansai University and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.