Man as Catalyst: Posthumanism and Beyond
Call for Papers
Man as Catalyst: Posthumanism and Beyond
“If my nightmare is a culture inhabited by posthumans who regard their bodies as fashion accessories rather than the ground of being, my dream is a version of the posthuman that embraces the possibilities of information technologies without being seduced by fantasies of unlimited power and disembodied immortality, that recognizes and celebrates finitude as a condition of human being, and that understands human life is embedded in a material world of great complexity, one on which we depend for our continued survival”.
― N. Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics
Posthumanism has emerged as a fluid concept cutting across diverse disciplines including philosophy, cultural studies, history and the bio-medical sciences while also eroding the structures of what being a ‘human’ has meant so far in the humanist ideology and expanding its limitations in a technologically-saturated world. Central to the idea of Posthumanism is the relationship between humans, technology and other nonliving matter which displaces the very idea of the Anthropocentric or the human at the center of the world. This kind of enmeshment is not only unsettling but is unanimously felt across as something as close to the ‘human’ dissolution itself in the way the human cohabitation has undergone a sea change that has upped the ante of ecological impact causing civilizational disruption and environmental crisis. In literature and critical theory, Posthumanism may foray into science fictional works, cyborg culture and other forms of the human body such as related to physical mutations and the notion of human-transformed-heroes.
Further, the technological advancement and breakthroughs of the scientific world with the development of biomedicine, robots, Artificial Intelligence, nano and stem cell technologies, reproduction technology, plastic surgery, bodily enhancement, augmentation and animality have altered the human condition and forced us to redefine the notion of the human and to parallelly undertake to revisit theorists such as Nietzsche (who was one of the firsts to speak on Posthumanism), Katherine Hayles, Donna Haraway, Cary Wolfe, Francesca Ferrando on the one hand, and other theorists like Foucault, Heidegger and Althusser on the other along with those who displayed humanist tendencies albeit with strands of antihumanism (Louis Althusser) in their respective ideological tendencies.
This volume invites scholarly papers that look into the Posthuman condition and the impact of these changes on the environment and climate change, as well as critical investigations that explore how Posthumanism has affected humans in general, other life forms and human ecosystems. We welcome researchers, teachers, faculty members, and independent scholars from different disciplines to contribute their ideas and provide insights on the subject in the form of research papers, interviews and book reviews investigating largely what it means to be a human in the 21st century. Such a literary and critical exercise will allow us to include and remap the world beyond Man which thereafter situates him to have a better understanding of his own position, identity and experiences.
Possible topics include but are not limited to
- Posthumanism and philosophy
- Posthumanist theories, methods, approaches
- Posthumanism and new materialism(s)
- Posthumanism and psychoanalysis
- Posthumanism and bioethics/ethics
- Posthumanism and body politics
- Posthumanism and robotics
- Posthuman subjectivities and identities
- Posthumanism in Environment and Animal Studies
- Posthumanism and COVID 19 pandemic
- Posthuman Science Fiction, speculative fiction and fantasy
- Posthuman and transhuman world buildings
- Feminist Posthumanism and Gender Studies
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About the Journal: AJILE (Aesthetique Journal for International Literary Enterprises, E-ISSN 2456-1754) is an international bi-annual peer reviewed literary journal designed to give wings to the scholarly and academic aspirations of the literary community around the world. Each featured issue aims at furthering research and fostering academic deliberations clustered around a distinctive thrust area of contemporary literary and/or linguistic relevance.