Call For Abstracts
In various world mythologies, a chimera is a hybrid creature comprised of body parts from two or more different human or non-human animals. In contemporary biology laboratories, a chimera refers to one entity containing genetically distinct cells from another entity. In both cases, chimeras point to processes by which the distinction between the real and the unreal is distinctly blurred: the fusion of unique elements from disparate entities effectively destabilizes the borders that separate them. The act of chimerization, then, is an ethical, political, and ontological maneuver. Indeed, as Aryn Martin (2010) shows, while biological chimerism is increasingly understood to be a mundane material phenomenon, scientific renderings of self and other continue to betray deep-running fantasies of individualism. Similarly, in the cyborg of Donna Haraway, the ritualized images of Carlo Severi, the symbiotic sensorium of Lynn Margulis, or the sound art of Florian Hecker and Reza Negarestani, the question isn’t so much “How might things be otherwise?” but rather, “How might things be perceived otherwise?”
We invite graduate students to submit 200-300 word abstracts for a 15-20 minute presentation on the aforementioned theme(s). Proposals for panels will also be accepted (same format). To submit, please send your proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 1, 2018.
Beyond HPST/STS, we welcome submissions from graduate students of any level from a wide cross-section of disciplines, fields, and critical approaches, including but not limited to animal studies, communications and culture, critical theory, disability studies, futures studies, gender studies, humanities, sound studies, visual culture, and women’s studies.
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