Post-Humanism and the Politics of Animal Representation


Call for Papers 2006 Northeastern Modern Language Association (NEMLA) Convention Philadelphia, PA, 2 - 5 March 2006

Following the Second World War, a re-examination of the animal as a category of ontological being by Heidegger, Levinas and Derrida pushed this question of philosophical theory out of its academic margin. Moreover, North America's ecocritical movement has produced an increasingly visible body of work. Nevertheless, the politics of animal representation remains quite underdeveloped in both literary theory and criticism. This panel will take submissions on literary works that reconsider how representations of animals function in terms of their politics, how different types of representations may not work to encourage or resist appropriation as metaphors, and in particular, how these works might rearticulate other questions of race, gender and transnationlism along the lines of species.

For consideration, please e-mail 250-word abstracts by 15 September 2005 to vjguihan@connect.carleton.ca or mail print copies to:

Vincent Guihan Carleton University 1125 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON, K1S 5B6 Canada