Cartographies and Constellations of Posthuman Futures
Deadline: July 5th, 2021
In collaboration with Amalia Calderón & J. Bernardo Couto Soares
Critical posthumanism (Braidotti, 2016) works as an analytical tool that exposes restrictive structures of dominant subject-formations as well as expressing alternative representations of subjectivity. At the intersection with New Materialism (van der Tuin, 2012), knowledge production/transmission becomes a discursive and material production of reality: understood as situated and embodied visions (Haraway, 1988).
With the speculative turn (van der Tuin, et al. 2015), epistemic inquiry shifts beyond the limits of human perception, refusing to make a separation from (non)human subjecthood. The emergence of divergent epistemic processes have opened the spectrum of scrutiny to other disciplines, such as spiritual (Griffin, 1978), embodied (Alaimo, 2016) and artistic research (Cotter, 2017). Artistic methodologies are challenging the normative structures of present ontologies, instead formulated as a planetary necessity and method for survival (Haraway, 2016)that can reclaim spaces of contested heritage (Skawennati, 2016) and re-map our materiality.
Artis enacted as a disruptive force beyond hierarchical epistemology that also exposes the violence attached to any methodology. Posthuman art practices have the potentiality to envision a future wherein humanity reformulates its hegemonic ontology in relation to the living, breathing world it coexists with (see the feminist world-building archive Potential Wor(l)ds); and whose power is gathered through alternative knowledge methods in the pursuance of a radical relational planetary existence.
In collaboration with Amalia Calderón & Bernardo Couto Soares, Soapbox Journal will publish a special issue on ‘Cartographies and Constellations of Posthuman Futures’ based on the ‘Posthuman Futures’ symposium. This publication aims to carry on and disseminate the work brought forth during the symposium, but also invites new contributions from scholars, artists and artist-scholars, both established and emerging. The publication intends to provide an interdisciplinary framework that enhances hybridity in knowledge transmission, spaces for affirmative ethics (Braidotti, 2017) and “thinking with” (de la Bellacasa, 2012) alternative onto-epistemologies: in short, a constellation of divergent voices.
This issue is kindly supported by NICA, Netherland School for Cultural Analysis, and OSL, Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies.
The editorial board welcomes proposals on topicsincluding, but not limited to:
● Ecofeminist pedagogies
● Speculative fiction & ecopoetics
● The science and art: fluctuating borders
● Posthuman rights & legislation
● Multispecies entanglement
● Indigenous studies & reclaiming territories
● Queer (in)humanities
● Ecological exile & spatial justice
● Gaia & systems beyond the Anthropocene
● Power/violence in art methods
● Care and forms of Caring as earthly resistance
● Non-linear hxstory & memory
● Storytelling as de-colonial practice
● Artistic methods of the non-human
● Oppressive art & propaganda narratives
● Planetary bodies
● Interspecies communication
● Neurodiversity as emancipation
● Posthuman consciousness & psychedelics
● Irrational epistemes of madness, spirituality, nature
● Posthuman methodologies
Please make sure to follow the guidelines below when submitting:
● We accept academic articles, essays, position papers (max. 3000 words).
● We also welcome creative nonfiction,experimental writing, poetry, and other forms of speculative text (max. 1000 words).
● Please include a short abstract/introduction to the work (max. 250 words).
● Email the original file (avoid sending links).
● Include a short introduction for context (max.250 words).
● Include a short bio (e.g., artistic and/or research background, interest and practice, affiliations, links to own site or previous work, etc.) of max. 200 words.
● Add up to six keywords for context (e.g., affect, AI, Butler, postmodernism, etc).
● Contributions may have a hybrid nature(academic/creative text, visual art), as interdisciplinary methods of knowledge production are encouraged.
● Follow MLA referencing and formatting styles where necessary.
● Secure permissions from copyright holders for any content that is not your own (e.g., illustrations, audio, etc).
● Mention whether this work has been, or will be, published elsewhere (e.g., blog, social media, other publishers).
● We accept submissions in English, Dutch, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and German.
Please submit your contributions to email@example.com with “Posthuman Futures” in the subject line by 5 July 2021.
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