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PASE 2024 Conference

Interspecies Friendships and Non-human Companionships

Call for Papers

The conference is addressed to:

researchers and students

Second call for panel proposals and call for individual presentations

Friendship and companionship offer complementary relationships with the world as they in various ways undermine the idea of singularity. As Jean-Luc Nancy notes in Being Singular Plural, what makes the idea of the singular pure and simple an uncertain kind of category is “the originary plurality of origins and the creation of the world in each singularity, creation continued in the discontinuity of its discrete occurrences.” This is also the case of species, both human and non-human, whose singular names betray this kind of plurality. Through her concepts of cyborgs and companion species, Donna Haraway offers a framework for bringing together the organic and inorganic, the natural and the technological, as well as the modern and postmodern in unexpected ways. This theoretical foundation has destabilized our imagination of nature and ecology, both fundamental concepts in the history of Western thought and aesthetics. From animals, plants, and fungi to ecosystems, machines, and algorithms, a network of (in)organic and (im)material agencies shapes the world in common. It is through friendship and companionship that we never walk alone, given that we do not posit ourselves in a masterly position of domination. Yet we must also remember that the first-person plural may be misleading, or, as Nancy claims, paradoxical. We are thus called to reimagine the borders we impose on our communities and ourselves. Following Julietta Singh, in questioning anthropocentric definitions of communality we must unthink the logic of mastery that has long determined our subjectivities, relations, and disciplines. In this sense, the process of de-humanism by which we might re-envision our friendships and companionships is itself allied with theories and practices of decoloniality.

In situating these concerns, this conference proposes to decenter traditional humanisms by addressing the problem of being with, rather than in the world from a broad spectrum of fields and methods. The language of the conference will be English.

  • Human, animal, and plant entanglements
  • Queer kinships
  • New figurations of the commons
  • Deep time and the temporality of kinship
  • Decolonial critiques of humanism and nature
  • Philosophies of friendship and enmity
  • Biopolitics and disability aesthetics
  • Post-nature and critiques of ecology
  • Machine and computer-assisted translation
  • Applications of AI models in the humanities
  • Learning analytics and computer-assisted pedagogy
  • Corpus tools for linguistic research
  • Digital literacies
  • Computer-Mediated communication

Abstracts: max 250 words | Bios: max 150 words | Panel descriptions: max 350 words

Important Dates

April 8, 2024
Proposal submission deadline [extended]

April 15, 2024
Notification of acceptance

May 15, 2024
Registration deadline [extended]

Conference fees:

Standard fee: 700 PLN / 160 EUR

PASE members: 600 PLN / 140 EUR

The conference fee covers conference materials and coffee breaks; it does not cover the conference dinner or accommodation.

Organizing Committee

  • Agnieszka Pantuchowicz, Ph.D./Associate Professor
  • Thomas Matusiak, Ph.D/Assistant Professor
  • Małgorzata Waśniewska, Ph.D/Assistant Professor

Advisory Board

  • Professor Hanna Komorowska
  • Professor David Malcolm
  • Piotr Skurowski, Ph.D./Associate Professor

Location

SWPS University in Warsaw, Chodakowska 19/31