Call: Posthumanism issue of Cinema – Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image

Cinema – Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image welcomes submissions to its 7th issue on Posthumanism. Human and Non-human: links, continuum, interplay.

Abstracts due: November 30, 2014

The 7th issue of Cinema – Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image aims at discussing Posthumanism as a way to explore alternative understandings to both the Modern/Humanistic and Postmodern views on the issue of Technological Images, New Media and Human and Non-human relations.

In the turn of the Millennium, Robert Pepperell’s book The Posthuman Condition and Katherine Hayles’ How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics launched a debate over the concept of Posthumanism. Despite using the term in diverse ways, both authors discuss the means in which Posthumanism tries to respond to what they considered to be the insufficient capacity of the Modern/Humanistic concepts of Human, Nature, Technology, Body, and Consciousness to cope with the developments taking place in tour technological information societies.

Ever since, trends of Posthumanism have developed in somewhat diverse, but complementary, domains of thought and practice, including Arts and Digital Media Theories, Cultural Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Ethics and/or Value formation, Contemporary informatics, Biotechnology and Biology. Posthumanism has became a key term in contemporary academic debate about New Media, Technology, Cyberspace, Digital Images, Human Subject, New Materiality, Nonhuman Agents, Biotechnology and Consciousness. It has been proposing a revision of the Postmodern rhetoric of immateriality, disembodiment, and hiperreality of the late XX century, and proposing a new account of Technological Subjects and Objects, Body and Mind, Materiality and Immateriality, Nature and Culture, Human and Non-Human Agents, Technology and Biology.

In proposing this topic we are particularly interested in exploring the way Posthumanism critics the Modern Mind/Body divide, discuss the blurring of distinctions between the Human and the Technological; Culture and Nature, as well as its main perspectives on the interplay between Technological, Natural, Animal, Vegetal and Physical worlds.

Particular themes of interest include (but are not restricted to) the following topics:

  • Posthumanism/ Transhumanism/ Metahumanism/ Antihumanism/ Nonhumanism: differences and convergences
  • Posthumanism and Postmodernism
  • Philosophical roots of Posthumanism
  • Posthumanistic theories and authors
  • Phenomenology and Postphenomenology
  • New Materialism
  • Embodied consciousness
  • The Modern Culture/Nature divide
  • Erasing the divide between humans and machines
  • New perspectives on the natural, animal, vegetal and physical worlds
  • New Media Art, Bioarts, Body Art, Performance and the Posthuman
  • Media Theories
  • Digital and BioArt
  • Humanity, Human Nature, Biotechnology
  • Theology, enhancement, and the place of the Posthuman
  • Biotech enhancement of the human
  • Robotics, Cybernetics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and nonhuman actants
  • Actor-network theory
  • Technology and biotechnology impact on ethics and/or value formation.
  • Ethics, Bioethics, and the Moral Status of the Posthuman and of non human agents
  • Emerging Technologies, Posthuman Informatics and the Posthuman
  • Dystopian/utopian literature on Posthumanism
  • Popular culture and Posthumanist representations

The submission deadline is November 30, 2014 (for 500-word abstracts). Prospective authors should submit a short CV along with the abstract. A selection of authors will be invited to submit full papers according to the journal guidelines. Acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee publication, since all papers will be subject to double blind peer-review. Submissions are accepted in English.

Cinema also invites submissions to its special sections: interviews, conference reports and book reviews. Please consult the Journal’s web site for further details.

Please feel free to contact the Editor for this issue, Patrícia Castello Branco (, or the Editors Susana Viegas and Sérgio Dias Branco on general queries (


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