Somatechnics X

Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment: The 10th International Somatechnics Conference

Byron Bay, NSW, Australia
Nov 30 – Dec 3, 2016

Conference convenors: Elizabeth Stephens (Southern Cross University), Karin Sellberg (University of Queensland)

Conference organising committee: Erika Kerruish (Southern Cross University), Rebecca Olive (Southern Cross University), Akkadia Ford (Southern Cross University), Katve-Kaisa Kontturi (Victorian College of the Arts and MCM, The University of Melbourne and COST action New Materialism IS1307), Ilona Hongisto (Macquarie University and COST action New Materialism IS1307), Kamillea Aghtan

We are delighted to welcome you to our ‘Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment’ conference! This conference is the tenth international conference on Somatechnics held since 2003, when the first, ‘Body Modification: Changing Bodies, Changing Selves’ was held at Macquarie University in Sydney, co-convened by Nikki Sullivan, Samantha Murray and Elizabeth Stephens. The Somatechnics research network grew out of this event. Recent conferences have been held in Linköping (2013), Otago (2014) and Tucson (2015).

The term ‘somatechnics’ was coined in 2003, and was intended to provide a new critical framework through which to rethink the relationship between technologies and embodiment. As Nikki Sullivan argues in a recent issue of Transgender Studies Quarterly: “techné is not something we add or apply to the already constituted body (as object), nor is it a tool that the embodied self employs to its own ends. Rather, technés are the dynamic means in and through which corporealities are crafted’ (TSQ 1.1-2 2014).

Our conference programme includes over 140 papers, presentations, performances and installations, with participants from the UK, USA, Canada, India, Singapore, and Europe. We have four keynote lectures and four spotlight sessions, featuring Susan Stryker, Valerie Traub, Catherine Driscoll, Suvendrini Perera, Vicki Kirby, Robert McRuer, Gail Weiss, Sharon Snyder, David Mitchell, Margrit Shildrick, and Anna Gibbs.

In conjunction with the conference, we have also released a virtual issue of Australian Feminist Studies, featuring articles from our scholarly community on the theme of ‘Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment’ in the past 25 years:

We hope you’ll enjoy our time together as much as we will!


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