Call for Papers: An International Interdisciplinary Conference


Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature



A matter of lifedeath

October 1-4, 2014

The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada


Andrea Carlino, Françoise Dastur, David Palumbo-Liu, H. Peter Steeves, Elisabeth Weber

With immense pleasure and great anticipation, Mosaic invites writers from across the disciplines (architecture, film, history, medicine, biology, literature, philosophy, religion, sociology, etc.), to engage questions of life and death in ways that avoid reductive gestures and that exceed oppositions between animate and inanimate, human and animal, presence and absence, the humanities and the sciences, the living and the dead. We welcome provocative proposals for presentations that open to further research and discussion on themes that may include, but are not limited to, the following: finitude, heredity, inheritance, evolution, cyborgism, morphology, immunology, ontology, global warming, biodiversity, artificial life, memory, mourning, spectrality, mutation, transplantation, reproduction, repetition, machine, mechanicity, animality, the unconscious, Thanatos, genetics, code-script, message, biotechnology, bioethics, biopolitics, responsibility, affirmation, promise.

Proposals should include: a title and an abstract of 450-500 words, and on a separate page, the author’s name, brief C.V., institutional affiliation, complete contact information, and email address.

Graduate students presenting a paper at the conference may be eligible for a travel grant. Those intending to apply for a travel grant should enclose a covering letter with their abstract detailing anticipated travel costs for the conference.

Deadline for submission of proposals: December 9, 2013.

For information, see the Mosaic website at: A conference website will be available (and linked to the Mosaic website) by summer 2013.

Electronic submissions preferred (Rich Text Format). Please direct enquiries and proposals to: [email protected] Or, by regular mail, please send to:

A matter of lifedeath conference  c/o Dr. Dawne McCance, Editor

Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature

208 Tier Building, University of Manitoba   Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2, Canada


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