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Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Meeting, “Nonhuman”

The 26th annual SLSA meeting, titled “Nonhuman”, will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from Sept 27-30, 2012.

From its inception, SLSA has distinguished itself from other humanistic scholarly societies through its sustained interest in the nonhuman.  Not only does SLSA concern itself with nonhuman actants like tools, bodies, networks, animals, climate, media, or biomes but it is also engaged with such nonhumanistic academic disciplines as mathematics, computing, and the natural and physical sciences. SLSA 2012 takes up the “nonhuman turn” that has been emerging in the arts, humanities, and social sciences over the past few decades.

Keynote Speakers

Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, The University of Western Australia; and Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor and Department Chair of English, Rice University.

Speakers and Topics Include, [full schedule]
Nancy Barrickman Halfbreeds, Hybrids, and the Nonhuman: The Conundrum of Species Concepts
Peter Hobbs Canine Cartography: On the Queer Pleasures of Being a Dog
Maggie Kainulainen The Rhetoricity of Animals in Environmental Public Pedagogy
Britt Wray  Changes at the lab bench: the entangled labour of art and hacker culture in synthetic biology
Melody Jue “Becoming-Mollusk: Cephalopods and Surrealism in the Fictional Science of Vilém Flusser and Jean Painlevé”