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Thursday, 4 March

10:00 Opening remarks (Aura Heydenreich, SLSAeu President)

10:15 Welcome (Joseph Tabbi, Conference Chair)

10:30 Keynote Panel (roundtable format)

Posthumanism and the Post-Literary: Complementary or Countering?
Ivan Callus (University of Malta), Mario Aquilina (University of Malta), James Corby (University of Malta) and Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University)

Chair: Joseph Tabbi (University of Bergen)

11:45 Break

12:00 Keynote Panel

Posthuman Healing and Critical Digital Fiction Co-Design
Astrid Ensslin (University of Bergen) and Christine Wilks (Bath Spa University)

See also: “These Waves …:” Writing New Bodies for Applied E-literature Studies

Chair: Jill Walker Rettberg (University of Bergen)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Panel

Reading in the Anthropocene
Botond Szemes (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

Vegetable thought in Edgar Pêra’s Lisbon Revisited
Ana Isabel Soares (University of Algarve)

Reading Through-the-Earth. Towards the Posthuman Aesthet(h)ics
Miłosz Markiewicz (Pedagogical University of Cracow)

Chair: Marianne Gunderson (University of Bergen)

15:00 Break

15:15 Panel

Writing as collective assemblages in the age of (post)digital capitalism, or de-colonizing e-literature in the minor key
Anna Nacher (Jagiellonian University)

Approaching the world of an instapoem: On defining instapoetry proper as poetry intended as Instagram posts
Camilla Holm (Oslo Metropolitan University)

Contemporary Posterity: A Helpful Oxymoron
Malthe Stavning Erslev (Aarhus University)

Chair: Scott Rettberg (University of Bergen)

16:15 Break

16:30 Panel

The Politics of Web Materiality: Making Electronic Literature in the Capitalocene
Alex Saum-Pascual (University of California, Berkeley)

The flows, the systems…the field of flesh”: posthuman poetics, material assemblages, and networked cartographies in contemporary Irish poetry
Anne Karhio (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Wordlyphagic Literature: from biopoetry to microbiological A.I.s
Diogo Marques (Independent Researcher)

Chair: tba

17:30 Break

18:00 Visit to the Posthuman exhibition

See the poster

Read a brief description

Read the curatorial statement


Friday, 5 March

Through the day: Algorithmic Book Post installed at UiB Humanities Library and streamed online (link tba)

9:10 Panel

Playing posthumanism? NieR: Automata and the inescapable human
Ragnhild Solberg (University of Bergen)

Seeking Pleasure in the Confusion of Boundaries: Reading Posthumanism in Children’s Literature
Shubhneet Kaur Kharbanda (University of Delhi)

‘Doing e-lit’ in print: Plus-Human Codes and the (re)Turn to the Bookbound
Clara Chetcuti (University of Malta)

Textual entanglements & entangled texts: On relationality and narrative
Dana Bönisch (University of Bonn)

Chair: tba

10:30 Break

10:45 Panel

Fictionality in Critical Posthumanism: Why some Philosophies Need Genres of Invention
Tobias Skiveren (Aarhus University)

“Haunting” Performance of Nonhumans. A Case of Electricity in the Polish History of Literature
Piotr Urbanowicz (Jagiellonian University)

Habit: posthuman aesthetics from prehuman physiology
Alessia Pannese (University of Oxford)

Chair: Astrid Ensslin (University of Bergen)

11:45 Break

12:00 Panel

Identifying, Deceiving, Protecting and Hunting: What Fictional Machines and Humans Do with Machine Vision Technologies
Jill Walker Rettberg, Marianne Gunderson, Ragnhild Solberg and Linda Kronman (University of Bergen)

Hold the Door: Companion Prosthetics in Game of Thrones
Michael Lundblad (University of Oslo)

Catherine Malabou, Anne Carson, and the Plasticity of Inheritance
Stephen Dougherty (University of Agder)

Chair: tba

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Keynote Panel (roundtable format)

Author/Programmers on Computer-Generated Literature
Nick Montfort, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, David Jhave Johnston, Milton Läufer and Allison Parrish

15:15 Break

15:30 Panel

Neocybernetic Posthumanism and the AI Imaginary: Artificial Communication in Kim Stanley Robinson’s Aurora
Bruce Clarke (Texas Tech University)

The Woman Who Became a Tree. Transgression, transcendence and posthumanism in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian
Ilana Shiloh (The Academic Center of Law and Business)

Thoreau’s Radicle Empiricism: Arboreal Encounters and the Posthuman Forest
Thomas W. Howard (Washington University in St. Louis)

Chair: Stephen Dougherty (University of Agder)

16:30 Break

16:45 Panel

The metainterface spectacle
Christian Ulrik Andersen & Søren Bro Pold (Aarhus University)

Making language: overmediation and editing in machine-learning poetics
Ana Marques (Independent Researcher)

Is a Post-Capitalist Future Imaginable?: Slipstream Potentials and Biskaabiiyang in Amanda Strong’s Biidaaban
Matthew Harrison Tedford (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Chair: Bruno Ministro (University of Vigo)

17:45 Closing remarks