Grad Conference at UVA: March 22024, 2013

Here’s the CFP for a great-looking grad conference at UVA this spring. Deadline for abstracts is Nov 30:

Flyer here: UVA CFP 2013

Subject to Change: Nature, Text, and the Limits of the Human

The University of Virginia Department of English Graduate Conference
March 22-24, 2013

We invite you to join us as we explore the ontological, environmental, ethical, and aesthetic implications of living in a world in which the primacy of the human has been called into question.

What does it mean to read an object if we, too, are objects? Do inanimate subjects have a claim to the agency that humans have usually taken to be theirs alone? How are artists and scholars supposed to see into the life of things: the animal, the synthetic, the digital, the inert, the abject?How do we read after nature in a world of things?

Keynote Speech by Timothy Morton

A Roundtable Discussion with

Timothy Morton and University of Virginia professors

Bruce Holsinger and Jennifer Wicke


Subjects (or is it objects?) of interest include, but are not limited to:
-Object-oriented ontology and the “democracy of objects”
-Whither the human?
-The anthropocene and anthropocentrism
-Nature and the unnatural

-Systems and ecosystems, digital and analog, network and wetwork

-Animism and a living world
-Environment and catastrophe
-Dark ecology and black ecology

-Speculative Realism

-Feminist and postcolonial possibilities after nature
-Translation and metaphor

-Textual history; books as physical objects

-Words for things/things for words
-Humanities without the human

-New ecology and community
-Ethics and bioethics in a posthuman world
-The limits of the body
Conceptual art and L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poetry
-Natural supernaturalism
-Goethean science

-The sublime; Romanticism and its afterlife


This conference is interdisciplinary: We welcome submissions from a variety of fields.Send an abstract (of up to 350 words) for your 15-minute presentation to Include your name and institutional affiliation.


Responses are due by November 30, 2012.


Find more information, updates, and a growing forum on the nonhuman at


Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair of English at Rice University. He is the author of Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World (forthcoming), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality(forthcoming), The Ecological Thought(2010), Ecology without Nature(2007), seven other books and eighty essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, food, and music.
Bruce Holsinger is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Neomedievalism, Neoconservatism, and the War on Terror (2007), The Premodern Condition (2005) and Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture (2001). His interests include Critical Theory and Medieval Literature.


Jennifer Wicke is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Feminism and Postmodernism (1994) andAdvertising Fictions: Literature, Advertisement, and Social Reading (1988).Her interests include Critical Theory and 20th-Century Literature.

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