Readers of this blog are warmly encouraged to consider submitting an abstract to this edited collection, which is seeking chapters by artists and makers, as well as scholars of all backgrounds. I have worked with both the collection editors (Matthew Hayler and Christine Daigle) and the series editors (Matthew Hayler and Danielle Sands) in relation to my work with the Critical Posthumanism Network, and highly recommend the experience!
“It matters what ideas we use to think other ideas.” This claim by Marilyn Strathem is quoted and given many variations in Donna Haraway’s Staying With the Trouble (2016). Ideas are assemblages that emerge from the various entanglements in which we exist and that constantly shape what we are and can be. Ideas spring from the dynamic material engagments humans have with one another and with the other beings and objects in our worlds. Therefore, our manner of engaging, the very practices we adopt to think, feel, experience, and theorise our entanglements, matter a great deal. As Karen Barad famously posited, “knowing does not come from standing at a distance and representing but rather from a direct material engagement with the world” (2007, 49): the ways in which we engage determine our knowing.
Critical posthumanism seeks to challenge contemporary anthropocentric and Humanist worldviews, and to establish new ways to conceive of ourselves and the environments and relationships in which we arc enmeshed. It has become clear that new thoughts and actions are needed as posthumanism demonstrates its usefulness. For this to be possible, we need to engage in thinking differently, shaking off old habits, embracing new methodologies, and rediscovering, or listening for the first time, to what has come before, or is going on right now, in other disciplines, cultures, and the actions of humans and non-humans. Putting posthumanism into practice, in short, demands exploratory, attentive, and speculative ventures that may, as yet, be unconventional in an academic setting, but generate new ideas and ways of acting. Posthumanism in practice also seeks to create ways and objects of knowing co-produced across the arts, humanities, and sciences, across sectors, disciplines, practitioners, and species. It asks: how is your practice, whatever your field of activity, transformed when enlivened by posthumanist ideas?
To launch the new Posthumanism in Practice series at Bloomsbury Academic, we want to provide readers with a collection that illustrates the vibrancy of posthumanism when put in practice. Thc collection will explore the implications of posthumanism fora wide variety of practices and how these practices, in turn, inflect posthumanist theorising (given that theory and practice can never really stand apart from one another). As such, we seek submissions which explore these ideas and reflect on the practical impact of posthumanism in the following fields (this list is indicative and not exhaustive, and we welcome work from other disciplines):
- Urbanism and architecture
- Ecology and ecological activism
- Social justice, violence, and discrimination
- Computer science and Al
- Health, medicine, and human enhancement
- Art practice
- Animal and plant studies
- Digital cultures
- Law and bioethics
- Representations in literature, film, videogames, and AR/VR
Please forward a 300-400 words abstract with a short bio to Dr. Matthew Hayler (M.S.Hayler@bham.ac.uk) and Dr. Christine Daigle (firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 15, 2020. Do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your proposed topic ahead of this deadline.