Papers from the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures

SLSA 2018: Out of Mind


The University of Waterloo and York University will jointly host the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. The SLSA 2018 theme will be "Out of Mind." SSBF Roundtable: This event will officially close the research group, which began in spring 2013 at Syracuse University.


Event Date: 15-Nov-2018

Nov. 15 - 18, 2018

SLSA 2018—Out of Mind

32nd Annual Meeting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Welcome to Toronto, and the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabe and the Mississauga’s of the New Credit.

The University of Waterloo and York University will jointly host the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, which will be held at the Hilton in Toronto’s downtown core. OCAD University—Canada’s oldest art and design institution—will also partner, as will the Rochester Institute of Technology.

The SLSA 2018 theme will be “Out of Mind,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. See Submissions for more information and the full CFP. Notifications of acceptance and rejection were sent out several weeks ago; if you have not received a reply to your submission please contact us at the email address below!

Questions?

For questions and inquiries email: slsatoronto@gmail.com

The site organizers are David Cecchetto (York University) and Marcel O’Gorman (University of Waterloo)


SSBF Roundtable: This event will officially close the research group, which began in spring 2013 at Syracuse University

Nov. 17

3:30-5 The Last Aviary: Papers from the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures—A Roundtable Discussion

Wolfe, Cary—convener

SSBF participants: Lambert, Gregg; Seshadri, Kalpana; Nealon, Jeffrey; Iuli, Cristina; Schwab, Gabriele; Clough, Patricia

Abstract

The founding of the Society for the Study of Biopolitical Futures in 2012 was inspired—very loosely—by the establishment and activities of the College of Sociology between 1937-1939. The College took as its “precise object of contemplative activity,” according to the collective statement by its members 1[biopoliticalfutures.net] “the name of Sacred Sociology, implying the study of all manifestations of social existence where the active presence of the sacred is clear, determining the coincidence between the fundamental obsessive tendencies of individual psychology and the principal structures that govern social organization and are in command of its revolutions.” When the SSBF began, if any name could have served to replace the sociological and anthropological notion of the “sacred,” it was “biopower” and the “biopolitical.” In another sense, the concepts of “biopower” and the “biopolitical” have also functioned, during the Society’s existence, as “theoretical stocks” in the reproduction and circulation of academic discourse and new investment strategies defined both in symbolic terms and in terms of the creation of new subjects of “human capital.” Here, at the “official” demise of the SSBF (four years overdue, we might add), have we witnessed a “selling off” of the biopolitical, or quite the contrary? How has canonical biopolitical thought been renovated and rejuvenated since the Society’s inception to address issues and questions—of “life,” the “living,” and “biopower”—that political thought itself brought into focus in its first iteration?

For more information, please visit the conference website: https://litsciarts.org/slsa18/