Conference: Non/Human Materials Before Modernity


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Event Date: 
October 3, 2017
Event Time: 
9:00am to 2:00pm
1014 Tisch Hall
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Non/Human Materials Before Modernity considers the materiality and makings of the non/human body. Through a series of short papers, responses from colleagues, and larger discussion, the symposium will provide a forum for thinking cross-disciplinarily and across traditional lines of periodization. The symposium will address how different premodern cultures sought to understand the makings of species, kinds, and other divisions between beings and/or things. By historicizing the materialization of non/human bodies, documenting the many and various strategies by which they have emerged and been constituted, and tracing the broader cultural impacts of their emergence and constitution, these panels will challenge the U-M community to re-imagine the materials and effects of non/humanity.

Featuring: Mira Balberg (Northwestern University) • Todd Berzon (Frankel Center / Bowdoin College) • Clara Bosak-Schroeder (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) • Erin Brightwell (University of Michigan) • Miranda Brown (University of Michigan) • Paroma Chatterjee (University of Michigan) • Catherine Chin (Frankel Institute, University of California, Davis) • Aileen Das (University of Michigan) • Youn-mi Kim (Ewha Womans University) • Daryn Lehoux (Queen’s University) • Sarah Linwick (University of Michigan) • Peggy McCracken (University of Michigan) • James McHugh (University of Southern California) • Ian Moyer (University of Michigan) • Ellen Muehlberger (University of Michigan) • Rachel Neis (University of Michigan) • Sonya Özbey (University of Michigan) • Elizabeth Roberts (University of Michigan) • Francesca Rochberg (University of California, Berkeley) • Michael Swartz (Frankel Center / Ohio State University) • Melanie Yergeau (University of Michigan)

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