2022 SUNY Albany EGSO Conference

deadline for submissions: 
March 13, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
SUNY Albany English Graduate Student Organization
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Online Conference April 2nd, 2022 (EST)

Keynote Speakers: Professor Cary Wolfe (Rice University),
Imani Elizabeth Jackson (Poet)

Call for Critical and Creative Proposals:
“Not all of us can say, with any degree of certainty, that we have always been human, or that we are
only that.”
--Rosi Braidotti, The Posthuman (2013)

The University at Albany’s 19th annual English Graduate Student Organization Conference,
“Encountering the Other(s),” seeks out papers, projects, and creative works that explore the association
between humanism and posthumanism. We encourage a great range of perspectives engaging with or
responding to the moments in which human subjects encounter the Other(s). Although in “Letter on
Humanism” (1946), Heidegger’s vision of humanism still attests to human exceptionalism by arguing
that the human is a shepherd of being, it is important to note that he introduces the standpoint of being
precisely to break with the tradition of metaphysics whose use of language is incorporated into the logic
of the subject/object distinction. As noted by Tony Davis, from the Heideggerian legacy of antihumanist
humanism, to Foucault’s humanist antihumanism, and to Haraway’s posthumanism, there have been
attempts to deconstruct and reconstruct the notion of the human being rooted in liberal humanism. In
literary texts, as well as in our social circumstances, what prompts the contemplation of what it means
to be human is the Other(s) the humanity encounters.

The conference will be held virtually via Zoom. We will schedule approximately 15 minutes for each
presentation. All proposals should include your name, affiliation, e-mail address, the title of your
proposed paper, and a short bio (100 words max). For critical presentations, please submit also a 250-
word abstract; for creative presentations, please submit a 250-word description of your presentation.
The deadline for submissions, which should be uploaded to our outlook form, is March 13, 2022.
Responses to submissions will be sent out soon after March 14th. Please direct any queries to the
conference chair, Minji Huh (mhuh@albany.edu). Link: https://forms.office.com/r/V2RAqCpBU7.

Some questions that presenters might want to consider include: How have liberal human subjects
responded to Otherized people based on race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and more? How
are new and more capacious forms of identity are forged through encounters with the Other(s)? How
have humans related to nonhuman agency?
Potential approaches to our topic may include, but are not limited to:
⚫ Postcolonial Studies
⚫ Critical Race Theory
⚫ Gender Studies
⚫ Disability Studies
⚫ Animal Studies/Plant Studies
⚫ Deleuzoguattarian Becomings
⚫ Queer or Trans Theory
⚫ Encounters with Aliens, Cyborgs, Vampires, etc.