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Friday, September 1 • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Technology of the Soul and of the Self

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As technology pushes the boundaries of the human body and attempts to reimagine cognition through artificial intelligence, our notions of what defines humanity are forced to evolve. In the Cartestian sense, the metaphysical question of the "human soul" as separate from the body raises ontological questions about where to locate the humanity in human beings. As pertaining to questions of identity, the posthuman and transhuman elements of modern reality encourage a reimagining of the self and the subjective experience. Presenters will offer reflections on the ways in which contemporary literature is tackling this blurring of boundaries to question the relationship between technology and the essence of personhood.

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Alexia Clarke

Presenting “Value and the Soul: Acceleration and Futurism in Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower” | | Alexia Clarke is lover of all things fantastic.  From early childhood, she has been enthralled by the worlds and words of science fiction and fantasy authors.  Her work has focused on public health policy and advocacy for issues from childhood obesity to HIV prevention and much of her approach has been shaped by authors like Octavia Butler, Ursula LeGuin and Frank... Read More →
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K.M. Ferebee

Presenting "Pain in Someone Else's Body: Plurality of the Self in TV's Stargate: SG-1" | | K.M. Ferebee is a doctoral candidate in English at The Ohio State University. Her work is located in the field of Environmental Literature, and focuses on narratives of mutation, toxicity, and bodily change in the texts of the Anthropocene, particularly examining the anxiety surrounding radioactive contamination. Her academic interests include posthumanism, human rights rhetoric, queer theory, pop culture studies, and science fiction. Her academic work has appeared or is forthcoming... Read More →
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Jacob Murel

Presenting "The Deconstruction and (Re)Discovery of Human Nature in Recent Planet of the Apes Films" | | Jacob Murel is a graduate student at the University of Memphis, where he studies comics, film, and literature in both English and German. His research interests are focused o... Read More →
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Summer Sutton

Presenting "Information Traveling at the Speed of Light: A Science-Fictional Dilemma” | Summer Sutton is a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she is currently working on a Master's in English. Her thesis considers the political potential of science fiction as a world building and world re-imagining genre; she is especially interested in N. Katherine Hayles' and Donna Haraway's work concerning information theory and embodiment. After completing her Master's, she plans to move on to a PhD program and eventually work in... Read More →

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Aisha Matthews

Escape Velocity Literary Track Programming Coordinator & JOSF Assistant Managing Editor, Museum of Science Fiction
Aisha Matthews is a Ph.D. student in English Literature at Southern Methodist University, having finished her Master’s Degree at Southern New Hampshire University in early 2017. As an undergraduate at Yale (’13), she studied Young Adult Science Fiction Literature (alongside more classical sub-genres), and wrote her thesis on Scott... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:30pm
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