Call for Conference Abstracts: Speculative Visions of Race, Technology, Science, & Survival

Date: 

11/05/2012 - 11:45pm
CALL FOR CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS
Deadline: November 5, 2012
 
 
 
Speculative Visions
of Race, Technology, Science, & Survival
 
Conference Date: 
March 15-16, 2013
UC Berkeley * Center for Race & Gender
 

What will survival entail in near and far futures?  In light of racialized violence and social control, massive technological innovation, and rapid transformations in science and biomedicine, this conference will engage the imperative to imagine, study, prepare for, and articulate future human life.  We are interested in how science and technology shape the material and epistemological boundaries of existence, specifically how and whose existence is valued, policed, corporealized, and corporatized.  We will also explore the capacity of embodied subjects to navigate these boundaries in the context of dis/abled, gendered, sex/uality, and queer formations.  Recognizing that technology creates kinds of futures (both anticipated and unforeseen), this conference will create a space to analyze how technologies of the past and present contextualize and disclose future realities, and identify opportunities for creating new possibilities. 
 
We envision a limited number of presentations in order to allow enough time for generative dialogue and crafting of questions for future research and development. This conference will be multi/interdisciplinary and multimedia. 
 
We invite conference abstracts. Examples of conference themes include race in the context of:
  • gender & sexual transformations and horizons
  • biotechnological interventions (including reproductive technologies) & genetic justice
  • environmental transformation & population displacement
  • Afrofuturisms, Indigenous visions, and alternative futurist metaphysics and spacescapes
  • de/construction of the human and non-human: cyborgisms, borderlands, assemblage, alien life, species relations
  • singularities and artificial intelligence
  • bio-surveillance, fatal inventions, and capitalism
  • disability/disabled imaginaries
  • medical experimentation, living laboratories, mission creep
  • cryogenics, radical life extension, and the politics of medicine, aging, and existence
  • militarism, occupations, and final frontiers
  • speculative & science fiction:  novels, film, music, performance, etc, i.e. Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Planet of the Apes, Octavia Butler, Sherman Alexie, Samuel Delany, AI, The Brother From Another Planet, Sun Ra, etc.

Please send the following to specvisions@gmail.com by November 5, 2012:

name & affiliation
presentation title and abstract (~500 words)
brief bio
contact info (address, e-mail, phone, fax)