The conference aims to attract scholars across a range of social and natural sciences as well as practitioners, members of civil society and policymakers with interests in the politics of ‘life’ writ large.
Specific topics may include (but are not limited to):
- The constitution of ‘life’ or ‘population’ as an object of government;
- What makes a life matter, ‘liveable’ or ‘good’;
- Precarious life, environmental vulnerability and economic precarity;
- Social practices around valuing life, including various forms of resistance;
- Approaches to and techniques for ecosystem and natural capital valuation, as well as their socio-environmental consequences;
- The role of new technologies in quantifying, monitoring and monetizing human and non-human life;
- The emergence of ‘life sciences’, biotechnology and the genetic engineering of human and non-human life;
- More than-, post – and/or non-human perspectives on life, including its value in the context of biomedical enhancement;
- Nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science (NBIC) and/or synthetic biology.
We encourage submissions in a variety of formats, including abstracts for individual (15 min.) presentations, full (4 paper) sessions or even multiple sessions, as well as posters, theatrical performances, art installations, and whatever else you feel appropriate for this theme.
Call for papers has been closed!