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10) "Blurred Boundaries: The Notion of the Human and the Definition of Storytelling in the Age of the Posthuman"
Panel Chair: Sonia Baelo. Universidad de Zaragoza
E-mail: baelo@unizar.es 


A centralized tenet of posthuman theory is the non-dualistic understanding of life in which both humanist and more updated binaries such as human/animal, nature/culture, mind/body, biology/technology, born/made, organic/machine, online/offline are transgressed. Digital ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) are making us rethink Cartesian mind/body dualism and its related binaries as our sense of self and our relation to others and the world changes. We become fluid, malleable, and relational, since cognition, in our interaction with technology, is not confined to the mind but distributed along the process in which our bodies are enhanced through different technologies and prosthetic devices.

Concordant with this posthuman blurring of boundaries is the rise of transmedia storytelling. As we become fluid, malleable, and relational so do the stories writers produce, which unfold across different media platforms (novels, films, TV series, videogames, websites, etc.), each contributing to the fluidity of the story as its content is reproduced in all kinds of handy delivery systems, like smart phones and tablets. Content is not bound to the specificity of one medium and, as is the case with the human being, it becomes fluid, adaptable, open, and relational.

This panel seeks contributions that explore this new territory where the human and the literary interconnect, a space that addresses the malleability and fluidity that both storytelling and humans share in a posthuman age of blurred boundaries and new possibilities.



Please submit all paper proposals directly to the Panel Chair using this form no later than October 15, 2018.

Panel Chairs will notify applicants of their acceptance/rejection no later than November 15, 2016.

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SAAS members, ASA members, and other scholars (not necessarily affiliated with any of these associations), are invited to submit proposals to the panel of their choice. Donwload this form, fill it out, and send it via email to the chair of your selected panel.

In order to present a paper, participants who are not SAAS, ASA, APEAA or HELAAS members will be required to pay a one year's membership fee (and enjoy the benefits for the following year) plus the conference fee.

Students have to become SAAS members (if they are not SAAS/ASA/APEEA/HELAAS members already) and pay 50 percent of the registration fee (60€ early bird/75€ late registration) if they wish to present a paper and/or attend the "Félix Martín" Doctoral Seminar.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Further guideliness for participants can be found here.

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