“Tracing Non- Agency in Literatures in English”

15.11.2018-17.11. 2018, Heinrich-Heine- Düsseldorf,

This will explore the range of relationships between the and the non-human in literature, engaging with questions such as: How do non-human agents influence what is often perceived as ‘human actions’? How does the agency of the environment, technology, animals and other non-human agencies challenge the belief in human superiority? Acknowledging the disruptive agency of non-human actors, this proposes an engagement with non-human agents that puts to test the exclusive status of the human. We welcome contributions by PhD who work in the fields of Postcolonial Studies, Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, Comparative Literatures, Posthumanism, Ecocriticism and Environmental Studies or Cultural Studies who are interested in engaging with the topic of “non- agency in literature”. The will provide a platform for exchange and collaboration among students.

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