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Being Beyond Boundaries

Date:05 October 2013
Location:John Galsworthy Building, Penrhyn road, Kingston University, Kingston, Surrey
 KT1 2EE

Being Beyond Boundaries: Dissolving (species) Hierarchy in Contemporary Culture

Saturday 5th October

Kingston University, London

In her recent work on human-animal encounter, Donna Haraway asks us to consider ‘who “we” will become when species meet’.  At the centre of Haraway’s question is a concern for the mutuality of species, and a desire to reconfigure those Enlightenment inheritances which dialectically position ‘animal’ as the other of ‘human’.  Such interests demand a reappraisal not merely of humanist discourse, but also of related questions regarding ethics and responsibility. 

This one day symposium hosted in conjunction with Cultural Histories at Kingston aims to consider how contemporary cultural texts in their broadest definition (literature, performance, creative writing, film and television) not only engage with the human-animal encounter, but also how this relationship might speak to a transformative social discourse in terms of ‘beingist’ agendas that interrogate not only humanist allegiances, but also more traditional identity politics.

Confirmed guest speaker: Professor John Mullarkey, Professor of Film and Television Kingston University.

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