8-10th December, 2014
University of Otago, New Zealand
· Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva, Inaugural Chair in Ethics, Director, Centre for Ethics and Politics, University of London
· Professor Joseph Pugliese, Research Director, Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University
· Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru, Faculty of Law, University of Otago
· Associate Professor Susan Stryker, Director of the Institute for LGBT Studies, University of Arizona
Space, Race, Bodies—Geocorpographies of the
City, Nation and Empire is a forthcoming conference hosted by the Department of Media, Film and
Communication (MFCO), the Postcolonial Studies Research Network (PSRN) and the
Somatechnics Research Network (University of Arizona) at the University of
Otago between the 8-10th December, 2014. The title of the conference is taken
from Joseph Pugliese’s ground-breaking work on technologies of surveillance,
law and terrorism. The conceptual merging of the corporeal body with
geography—geocorpographies—draws attention to the institutional, cultural and
legal forces that influence the global movement of people, capital and technology
across cities and national borders.
Space, Race, Bodies is an interdisciplinary conference that invites papers to address the following questions:
Space, Race, Bodies will be the first Somatechnics conference held in New Zealand. The Somatechnics Research Network (SRN) facilitates connections between a vast array of scholars and institutions producing research on bodies and technology. SRN has fostered a truly interdisciplinary field of inquiry that includes the biological sciences, sport, gender and sexuality studies, media, film and music studies and postcolonial studies.
The Postcolonial Studies Research Network (PSRN) brings together an interdisciplinary group of established and emerging scholars whose research engages with a range of aspects of postcoloniality. These include the historical cultures of empire, and the contemporary cultural politics of indigeneity, of (post)colonial settlement, and of the diasporic condition.
The conference will also accept papers under the general theme of Somatechnics research on the intersections between bodies and technologies.
The conference committee will accept abstracts on a rolling basis until September 1st.
Please send abstracts and inquiries to the conference committee at: Space.Race.Bodies@otago.ac.nz