CFP Volume -1, Issue - 2, Special Issue on Posthumanism
The biological self of the human subject has been enormously redefined and reconditioned by a trans-material and proto-virtual extension of possibilities. The congenitally natural personhood has been exposed to an electronic environment where algorithmic codes, digital data and numerically quantifiable information patterns have not only influenced, but have even taken precedence over the biological materiality of the ‘human’ self. Individual subjectivity can no more be held as completely abstract, and the very ontological verities of what was once the ‘human’ position is now defined by a pluri-hermeneutical standpoint, with no single epistemological configuration making a solo claim to knowledge assimilation and dissemination.
Posthumanistic articulations have been present in erstwhile historical epochs and cultural milieus. In that sense, we have been posthumanist much before we have started formally theorising it, or extending it to the praxis of popular utilitarianism. We haven’t fully fathomed the energy-driven mechanical articulations of bygone civilisations, which goes to prove the continued malleability of the human condition (Hauskeller, Philbeck, and Carbonell). Prosthetic empowerment is not a modern reality, and the idea of absolute/natural boundaries of the human (Pordzik) have always been challenged. But digital consciousness and “the pervasiveness of communication systems” (Herbrechter and Callus) have fast-tracked the posthumanist era well into the Anthropocene, the Capitalocene, and even the Virocene.
Indeed, we have also come a long way from the speculative contestations of the science fiction genre, and instead practically trialled with the techno-sentient possibilities of A.I. and R.I. Techno-morphic add-ons have created a plethora of permutations and combinations, wherein hetero-dimensional spatio-temporal projections have been enabled, that allow simultaneous digital access to the past, present and future. We have been propelled into unique subjectivities, whereby the frontiers of our unitary identities and digitally-mediated social-media frames are being persistently questioned and redrawn.
In the light of this understanding, prospective abstracts (max: 300 words) are welcomed within August 15, 2021, along with relevant keywords, and a short bio-note of the contributor on the following sub-themes, but not limited to them –
a) Posthumanism and Ethics/Metaphysics
b) Contemporary Debates on the Idea of the Cyborg
c) Posthumanism and the Virtual Self
d) Posthumanism in Popular Culture
e) Posthumanism and Prosthetics
f) Posthumanism and Robotics
g) Posthumanism and Gender/cyber-feminisms
h) Posthumanism in Visual Cultures
i) Posthumanism and archival politics/memory and consciousness
j) Posthumanism and futurist manifestoes.
Dr. Subhadeep Paul
Assistant Professor, Department of English School of Literature, Language & Cultural Studies, Bankura University