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I'm just back from a rich conference on Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman at the University of Geneva. I was one of four guest speakers. Two friends (Cary Wolfe and Margrit Shildrick) also presented, as did Stefan Herbrechter, whose work I admire and have always wanted to meet. Of the speakers I was the only one whose archive is premodern -- and I was very pleased to see the inroads that medieval and early modern studies have made to a topic that is too often associated only with contemporary film literature and art. It helps that some of the field's luminaries have insisted that work that goes under the name "posthuman" must recognize the importance of a "prehumanist" past: Cary, for example, has been an excellent collaborator and his Posthumanities series at UMP is actively seeking earlier historical work. Stacy Alaimo, Jane Bennett, and Tim Morton are longtime allies of those with a premodern focus. Karen Raber, an early modernist (who was an invaluable presence at the conference and so much fun to hang out with in Geneva), oversees the Routledge series Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture. Medievalist Eileen Joy runs punctum books, whose commitment to making the posthuman past accessible is extraordinary. And so on.
(images by Bryn Skibo-Birney and taken from the conference FB site)