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Creaturely Lives: A Symposium in Animal Studies

25 May 2011
18:00to20:00

The University of Notre Dame’s London Centre

To mark the publication of Anat Pick’s Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film (Columbia University Press, 2011), the Centre for Cultural Studies Research (CCSR) at the University of East London, and the University of Notre Dame in London are holding a symposium to discuss new developments within the field of animal studies.

Debates on animal ethics have been dominated by utilitarian and rights-based moral philosophy, seeking out the shared capacities of humans and animals as a gateway to the moral inclusion of nonhuman animals. Could the idea of creatureliness as the condition of vulnerability, the finitude of all living bodies, offer an alternative to these ethical models? Creatureliness has philosophical, religious, and artistic overtones; it features in the work of Walter Benjamin, in the mystical philosophy of Simone Weil, and resonates with recent developments in “vital materialist” thought. If creatureliness signals a properly universal condition rooted in the materiality and perishability of existence, might it also map out new horizons for theorizing (and living) a transhuman ethics? Point the way to new directions in literary and critical practice?

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Debra Benita Shaw at University of Surrey Conference on the Emergence of the Posthuman Subject

On 3rd July, 2010, CCSR committee member Debra Benita Shaw spoke at the University of Surrey Institute of Advanced Studies conference The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject. She delivered a paper entitled ‘Posthuman Remains: Contemporary Biopolitics and the Consumption of Undeath’ which interrogated the fascination with life extension techniques and how they can be understood in terms of the way that neoliberalism constructs contemporary subjectivities.