GRADUATE CONFERENCE: Forms of Life: Reading Humans, Animals and Machines in a Posthuman World, April 12-13, Shelby Center 301

Joseph Taylor and Alanna Frost/ Department of English Graduate Student Conference, University of Alabama in Huntsville

Keynote speaker: Cary Wolfe (Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor, Rice University)

Cary Wolfe’s interventions in philosophy, bioethics, and biopolitics call into question conventional understandings of the animal and provoke new and far-reaching inquiries into the relationships between all forms of life, human, animal and beyond.

Conference Program

Friday, April 12
Location Shelby Center 301
 
8:30-9:00am
Continental Breakfast/Welcome
 
9:00-10:15
Animal Reflections
"Embracing the Nonhuman Other: Richard Bach’s Jonathan Livingston Seagull"
Alexandra Kirby-Salem State University
 
"Where Ethical Animal Aesthetics and Speciesism Meet in the Imperialism of Olive Schreiner’s The Story of An African Farm"
Molly Hall-University of New Hampshire
 
"The Sheep Man’s Reflection: The Animal and the Human in Murakami’s A Wild Sheep Chase"
Alex Perry-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
10:30-11:45
I, Posthuman
"Almost Human: Humanity as Commodity; Commodity as Human in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"
Daniel Floyd-Eastern Kentucky University
 
"More Human Than Human": Bladerunner and the Biopolitical State"
Kathryn Perry- Miami University
 
 "Posthuman Constructs in Dan Simmons' Hyperion"
Michael Howard- Middle Tennessee State University
 
11:45-1:30
Catered Lunch
Location: University Center Game Room (lower level)
 
1:30-2:45pm
Urban Foxes: Gentrification at Its Worst
"Post-Humanity in the Post-Americana Environment of Richard Russo’s Empire Falls"
John Bjorne- University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
"The Gentrification of Self: Disruption of Space and Identity in Ernesto Quiñonez’s Chango’s Fire"
Kylie Lemon-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
""Insensible upon the machine": Temporality and Conscious Being in H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine"
Kimberly Gilbertson-Simon Fraser University
 
3:00-4:15pm
The Ghosts in/and the Machines
"Muggles, Mudbloods, and Magical Creatures: Species Relations and Ambivalent Posthuman Tendencies in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series"
Bonnie J. Shamp Winstel-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
Post-Humanism in Doctor Who: Exploring the Relationship Between Humans and Humanoids with Machines in “The Doctor’s Wife” and “Asylum of the Daleks”
Kristi Caudill-Middle Tennessee State University
 
"'There are Many Copies': The Multiplicity Motif in Battlestar Galactica"
Heather Humann-University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)


 
Saturday, April 13
Location: Shelby Center 301
 
8:30-9:00am
Continental Breakfast
 
9:00-10:15am
Humanity in Posthumanity 
“Less than a chicken sitting in the sun on a tub”: Animalization and Dehumanization in Toni Morrison’s Beloved"
Chuck Robinson- University of Memphis
 
“Anzaldủa, Derrida, and Haraway: Negotiating the Borders of Humanism through Posthumanism”
Joseph Carson -James Madison University
 
"So Far From Utopia: Castillo's M.O.M.A.S. as Satirical Utopia"
Charles Grimm-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
10:30-11:45am
Queer Posthumanism
"On Performativity and Puppet Sex: Avenue Q’s Disruptive Queering of the American Dream"
Nick Wilbourn- University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
 ""The hind that would be mated by the lion": Feminist Queer Theory and Controlling the Pain in Sadomasochistic Relationships"
Valerie Lotz-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
11:45am-1:00pm
Lunch
 
1:00-2:15pm
Posthuman Shakespeare
"The Uncanny Lady Macbeth"
Mandy Hughes-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
"The King’s (Love)Sickness and Its Homosocial Remedy in All’s Well That Ends Well"
Barry Rich- University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
"The Blended Binary: The Sacred and Profane Feminine in Shakespeare’s Macbeth"
Christa Reaves-University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
2:30-4:00pm
The Body Eclectic: Stones, Cubes, and the Grotesque
“Mary the Ice Cube”: Primus and Posthumanism
Josef Hauenstein- University of Alabama in Huntsville
 
"Dead Stones: The Uncanny Potential of Things in Revenge Drama"
McKenna Rose-Emory University
 
Resisting Atomic Anatomies: Privileging New Definitions of the Human in Carson McCullers’s The Member of the Wedding
Leslie Allison-Temple University
 
4:00-5:00pm
Break
 
5:00-6:30pm
Keynote Address:
"The Biopolitics of Human and Animal Bodies"
Cary Wolfe, Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor, Rice University
Location: Shelby Center 107
 
7:00-10:00pm Conference Reception
Location:        1892 East New American Restaurant and Tavern
                        720 Pratt Ave.
                        Huntsville, AL 35801