Nov 14 & 15: Posthuman Antiquities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference

Posthuman Antiquities: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference

a two-day conference with keynotes by Adriana Cavarero & Claudia Baracchi, and with Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill, Rebecca Hill, Brooke Holmes, Miriam Leonard, Ramona Naddaff, Michael Naas, Mark Payne, John Protevi, Kristin Sampson, & Giulia Sissa

November 14 & 15, Friday & Saturday
9:15 am to 8 pm


Claudia Baracchi, Humanities Education, University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy

Emanuela Bianchi, Comparative Literature, New York University

Sara Brill, Philosophy, Fairfield University

Adriana Cavarero, Philosophy, Education & Psychology, University of Verona, Italy

Rebecca Hill, Media & Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Brooke Holmes, Classics, Princeton University

Miriam Leonard, Greek & Latin, University College, London

Michael Naas, Philosophy, DePaul University

Ramona Naddaff, Rhetoric, UC Berkeley

Mark Payne, Classics, University of Chicago

John Protevi, French Studies and Philosophy, Louisiana State University

Kristin Sampson, Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway

Giulia Sissa, Political Science, UCLA

What can an inquiry into antiquity offer posthumanist thinking on the body, on nature and its relationship with technology, and on the fundamental interrelatedness of the physical, the biological, the psychical, the social and the artifactual?

Greek and Roman literary, philosophical, and medical texts are resplendent with sites in which ‘materiality’ and ‘embodiment’ (in current parlance) erupt into a field of questioning, deliberation, care, and experimentation. A return to antiquity is particularly pertinent in the wake of the philosophical demise of the sovereignty of the modern individual human subject and the rise not only of approaches such as deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and feminism, but also recent turns to chaos theory, complexity theory, vitalism, affect theory, environmental philosophy, and animal studies. As with these contemporary discourses, classical thinking displaces and complicates the modern notion of subjectivity, and finds movement and life inherently at work in both organic and inorganic phenomena.

This international conference seeks to foster conversation and cross-pollination between these vastly different periods positioned, as they both are, as transitional zones. We propose that through an encounter with “the Greeks,” we can not only re-imagine the trajectories and potentialities of contemporary posthumanist theorizing, but also interrogate narratives of origin, legacy, and linear temporality.

Hemmerdinger Hall, Silver Center
100 Washington Square East

Conference organized by Emanuela Bianchi, Sara Brill and Brooke Holmes. Co-sponsored by the NYU Department of Comparative Literature; Center for Ancient Studies; Gallatin Fund: Classics & the Contemporary World; Faculty Global Research Initiative; Dean of the College of Arts & Science; Dean for Humanities, Arts & Science; Humanities Initiative; Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; Department of Philosophy; Department of Classics; Department of Media, Culture & Communication; A. S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies; and Program in Gender & Sexuality Studies.

And by the Fairfield University College of Arts and Science; and the Postclassicisms Network.