UW English Department graduate students and faculty were the largest contingent at this year’s annual meeting of the Society for Literature and Science. Our presence was so strong that Kathleen Woodward, Professor of English and Director, Simpson Center for the Humanities, was asked if the UW might host a future meeting. The new connections made at the conference included some of our graduate students, who became involved in another annual meeting as well.
Students presenting papers included:
Ryan Burt, “Exploring the Posthuman in Neuromancer: The Environment of Escapism”
Brian Ganter, “The Empire of Gift (and its Relation to the Teaching of "Citizenship" in the Global Humanities)”
Hillary Gravendyk, “Incising Illness: Patients, Poetry, and Isolation”
Jennifer Kuczenski, “Objective Bodies: Identificatory Conflict between Autopathography and Medical Narratives”
Michelle LaFrance, “The Next Holy Virgin: Still Birthing the Other of the Other”
Mark Larabee, “From Human Memories to Genetic Histories: Embodying Identity in the Age of the Genome”
Jeff Lawshe, “Hypernatural Histories: Emergent Identities in Yamashitaís Through the Arc of the Rainforest and Tropic of Orange”
Professor Woodward organized a session on posthuman embodiment, presenting “A Feeling for the Cyborg.” The session was chaired by faculty member Kate Cummings.
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