Human Futures Full Conference Schedule

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9:00-9:30 BREAKFAST
9:30-9:45 OPENING REMARKS by Dr. Jasbir Puar

9:45-11:20 REVOLUTIONARY HUMANISM: BEYOND MAN, TOWARDS THE HUMAN
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Carlos U. Decena
–Carolyn Ureña (Rutgers)
Concerning Narrative Violence: Fanon and the Creation of a New Human
–Alexandria Smith (Rutgers)
Beyond Man, Towards Humanity
–Mahaliah Little (Rutgers)
20 Years After Sylvia Wynter’s NHI: The Imposition of the Post-Racial Myth in America
–Max Hantel (Rutgers)
Beyond the Anthropocene: Sylvia Wynter’s Revolutionary Humanism and Imagining Ecology Otherwise

11:30-1:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Dr. Alexander Weheliye

1:00-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-3:35 ZOOPOLITICS AND BIOPOLITICS: HUM/ANIMAL FUTURES
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Jasbir Puar
–Meredith Clark (Arizona State University)
Imprinting Constructions: Explorations in Spaying & Neutering
–M. Dale Booth (Rutgers)
Queering Oysters
–Lauren O’Laughlin (University of Washington)
Sexing the Animal: Thinking Relationally about Intersex Fish Panics
–Chloe Lenow (UC Santa Barbara)
Thinking Human Futures with Puppy Love

3:45-5:20 SPECIES AND CYBORGS: DIGITAL FUTURES, EMBODIED FUTURES
Faculty Respondent: Dr. Kyla Schuller
–Alessa Valentin (Rutgers)
Becoming-Digital, Becoming-Black and Becoming-Orc: The Limits of the Posthuman In Video Games
–Tosha Yingling (Rutgers)
Fat Futurity: A Cyborg Manifatso
–Miriam Tola (Rutgers)
Ecologies of the Common: Feminism and Species-Becoming
–Kouross Esmaeli (New York University)
The Future of Intelligence: Digital Intellectual Evaluation/Public School Systems

5:20-6:00 RECEPTION

Call for Papers: Human Futures

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
at Rutgers University Presents:

Human Futures

Friday, April 24, 2015
Rutgers – New Brunswick

Keynote Speaker: Alexander Weheliye

Associate Professor of African American Studies

Northwestern University

Author of Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human
Duke University Press, 2014

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Proposals Due: January 5, 2015 at ru.wgs.phds@gmail.com

In confronting futurity within global conditions of increasing economic stratification and distress, the social and the political are traditionally viewed through an anthropocentric lens that takes human agency and voice as its central determinants. In this context, emergent work in posthumanism, sciences studies, disability studies, animal studies, “new” materialisms, and affect theory seeks to de-exceptionalize human experience as the dominant force that impels global change by challenging conventional understandings of what constitutes agency and the political in relation to more-than-human entities.

At the same time, fields including critical race studies, queer of color critique, decolonial and postcolonial studies, trans studies, disability studies, and feminist critique raise questions regarding the privileged parameters of some of these other-than-human approaches; many argue
for re-centering analyses of the axes of race, gender, sexuality and ability in discussions of politics and the future, given that multiple marginalized and underrepresented peoples have yet to acquire “human” status in the framework of European Humanism and Western Modernity.

What does it mean to turn to the other-than-human precisely when the human is being made extinct along lines of gender, race, class and location by capitalism and coloniality?

We invite graduate students from all departments and fields to take a convivial approach to these debates:

  • How might we reflect on the impact of more-than-human biological and earthly forces on subjectivity, sexuality, ability and race?
  • Can we theorize through a non-anthropocentric vision of ecology, politics, and the social while keeping in mind the axes of differentiation that subjectivize the human today?
  • What futures can we collectively imagine that both de-center the liberal Human subject and provide ways of understanding human experience beyond the violent confines of Western Modernity?
  • What subjugated knowledges and practices already view the world and the future through a non-anthropocentric lens?
  • How are the humanities and the social sciences particularly equipped to mediate the oppositional approaches to the human, futurity, posthumanism(s), and antifuturity?
  • How can different ways of knowing –other academic disciplines, spiritual practices, collective knowledges– bring new insights to these questions?

We welcome papers that broadly relate to these issues. We also invite you to interpret these themes loosely, offer alternative frames for the discourse, or critique them. Proposals should include a two-line bio, a title (no more than 100 characters) and a 300-word proposal in a Word document.

Artist Presentation: Brief 15 to 20-minute presentations will be made available to artists, poets, performers, and curators who wish to present original work related to the conference topic.

Submissions will be evaluated by standard conference review process; a group of graduate students not presenting at the conference will make decisions regarding proposals and panels. We are dedicated to demystifying this process by attempting to make it as transparent as possible. If you have any questions before or after submitting a proposal, please contact us at ru.wgs.phds@gmail.com.

We welcome you to join us in these conversations, and we look forward to your contributions!

Staying in touch with Rutgers WGS:

Email: ru.wgs.phds@gmail.com
Twitter: @WGSRutgersU
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WGSRutgersUniversity

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The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University Presents: Human Futures

This one-day graduate student conference will engage possibilities for human futurity in conversation with current debates regarding the de- and re-centering of the human as the primary site of inquiry for critical theory today.

We invite graduate students from all departments and fields to take a convivial approach to these debates:

  •  How might we reflect on the impact of more-than-human biological and earthly forces on subjectivity, sexuality, ability and race?
  • Can we theorize through a non-anthropocentric vision of ecology, politics, and the social without losing sight of the axes of differentiation that subjectivize the human today?
  • What futures can we collectively imagine that both de-center the liberal Human subject and provide ways of understanding human experience beyond the violent confines of Western Modernity?

We welcome you to join us in these conversations, and we look forward to your contributions.

Keep an eye out for a forthcoming Call for Papers and other conference details.

Conference Date: Friday, April 24, 2015

Staying in touch with Rutgers WGS:

Email: ru.wgs.phds@gmail.com Twitter: @WGSRutgersU