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"The Image and the Word"


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PANEL 6

6) "Human and Technological Eyes in the Narrative Construction of the Posthuman"
Panel Chair: Francisco Collado Rodríguez, Universidad de Zaragoza
E-mail: fcollado@unizar.es  

 

From HAL's unnerving eye in Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey or Lady V.'s clock-eye in Pynchon's first novel to recent popular artifacts such as Marvel's film Avengers: Age of Ultron, in the last decades the (human or artificial) eye has played a relevant role in the literary and cultural construction of humans gradually turned into posthuman beings. Along the process, binaries such as human vs. posthuman, wo/man vs. machine, body vs. information, or weak vs. powerful have been frequently informed by the symbolic use of the eye as door to the imaginary constructions of ourselves and the other. In the ideological background of such constructions frequently stand diverse critical views concerning human welfare, ecological fears, lack of social equality, traumatizing living conditions of the dispossessed, or hopes for a better future. This panel seeks contributions that explore some of the most powerful symbolic roles given to the eye in the ideological construction of the new posthuman being (either as transhuman cyborg or as processor of data), in a corpus of written or audiovisual narratives of the last decades that may have an impact on Western culture while also raising our critical eye to interrogate the type of society we are helping to change.

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPANTS


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.

For information on the Conference Venue see the Organizing Committee's website.

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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