Sylvia Wynter’s “No Humans Involved”: Towards the Rewriting of Knowledge and Undoing Truths

deadline for submissions: 
March 18, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2023 Special Session

This panel considers Wynter’s letter as a call to challenge present truths of biocentrism, classifications of humanness, and the condemnation of “the speech of the street” to cultivate new modes of knowing/feeling. 250 word abstract. Contact: Amari Mitchell ( or Diana Molina ( 

  • If you are invited to participate in a 2023 session, you must be an MLA member by 7 April 2022. 

  • All session participants must register for the convention.

Topics may include but not limited to:

  • Considerations of posthumanism study and Blackness as it intersects with race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity
  • Paid verus unpaid labor 
  • The relationship between productivty, labor, and care
  • Black feminist ethics of care 
  • State violence, biopolitics, and epistemes of Man
  • The poor and the evironment 
  • Strcutures of power and ecological crisis