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What is the Human: Concepts and Controversies (SUNY Binghamton Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference)

Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
Organization: Comparative Literature GSO
Event: SUNY Binghamton Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference
Categories: Postcolonial, Digital Humanities, Graduate Conference, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Genre & Form, Popular Culture, Gender & Sexuality, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Adventure & Travel Writing, Children's Literature, Comics & Graphic Novels, Drama, Narratology, Poetry, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, TV, & Media, Food Studies, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Australian Literature, Canadian Literature, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas, Indian Subcontinent, Eastern European, Mediterranean, Middle East, Native American, Scandinavian, Pacific Literature, Science, Miscellaneous
Event Date: 2020-04-17 Abstract Due: 2020-01-17

In the wake of environmental catastrophe, developing knowledge on animal and artificial intelligences, and the living legacy of coloniality, we are once again faced with these eternally recurring questions: What is the human? What is beyond the human? What are the consequences of shifting conceptualizations of the human? Many schools of thought examining eco-criticism, posthumanism, post-colonialism, and more now confront these previously established boundaries, interrogating the ways in which our construction of ‘the human’ and consciousness has left us blind to other agencies and existences in the world. Simultaneously, there are other post- and decolonial scholars who remind us that our limited definition of ‘human’ is not new; many people have been—and continue to be—left out of a definition of the human. The Binghamton University Comparative Literature Department seeks papers from a range of scholarly approaches which address these concerns. 


Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted to bingcoliconf2020@gmail.com by January 17, 2020. Submission emails should include name, a brief bio, and your preferred pronouns. We invite work that engage with topics including, but not limited to:

Artificial Intelligence
Machine translation
Speculative fiction
Genocide/mass atrocity/human rights
Migration and boundaries
New Materialism
Critical race theory
Queer theory


Arianna Mueller