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Rethinking the Self: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Bioethical and Biopolitical Concerns, Helsinki, 10–12 April 2012‏

Rethinking the Self: Transnational and Transdisciplinary Bioethical and
Biopolitical Concerns
International symposium at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies,
University of Helsinki, Finland, 10–12 April 2012.

Keynote speakers include Prof. Beverley Skeggs, Goldsmiths, University
of London, UK, and Dr. Jenny Slatman, Maastricht University, the

This international and interdisciplinary symposium addresses how
cultural, medical and political understandings of the self are shifting
and changing in contemporary societies. It explores how humanness is
imagined and conceived in various symbolic systems of knowledge, and how
gender, disability, class and ethnicity articulate these understandings.
With a particular focus on how ideas of the flesh and national identity
reconfigure experiences of the embodied self, the symposium aims to
bring together scholars whose work engages with issues that range from
medical and cultural technologies, globalisation, migration and
neoliberalism to phenomenology and ethics, political ideologies and
subjectivities, and theories of social transformation.

This symposium aims to create a transdisciplinary dialogue regarding the
local and global changing understandings of and practices related to the
self by bringing together speakers from a broad range of cultural,
methodological, national, disciplinary and transnational foci. It seeks
to further conversations and research on topical and vexing questions of
the self, especially in relation to recent medical, cultural,
technological, political, social and neo-colonial developments. With an
emphasis on the biopolitics of bodies, machines and institutional
structures, the symposium also addresses the ethics of human selfhood,
specifically how we define the human and what is at stake in our
definitions of this now global being.

We welcome submissions for papers, poster-presentations and artwork from
a broad range of disciplines and fields of research. Topics can include,
but are not limited to:

* Theories and technologies of the self
* Community belonging and violence
* Contemporary medical therapies, technologies and ethics (organ
donation and transplantation, gene therapy, HIV therapies, etc.)
* Class dimensions of the self
* The self, disability and monstrosity
* Self harm and narratives of the self
* Medicalised race theories
* Gender, sexuality and queering the self
* Phenomenology, the senses and an embodied sense of self
* Ethics and the ethics of the human

If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract of no more
than 300 words and a brief biography (max. 100 words) to Suvi
Salmenniemi (suvi.salmenniemi[at] and Donna McCormack
(donna.mccormack[at] by *1st December 2011*. For more
information, see