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Human Remains

Human Remains NATHAN SNAZA AND MINA KARAVANTA At a recent conference on the role of the humanities, the human, and posthumanism, a professor of literary theory shared her exasperation at yet another "post" announced that promises a premature shift in the problematic field of the human.1 Are we done talking about the human so we can now move onto the next chapter, in the hope that the new vistas it promises will deliver us from the unresolvable debates about "history, the human and the world between" (Radhakrishnan 2008)? Or is it possible, we ask with this issue, that the post in posthumanism is not another fad or a gesture skirting difficult questions about humans and their histories but rather a rupture within their field of representations? Does posthumanism as a wide range of interdisciplinary critical discourses signify a future anterior that enables the rise of new frames of representation of the human and humanity, perceiving the uneven temporalities of different humans, their interspecies collectivities, and complex sets of relations and materialities rather than a humanity at large? Without pretending to have overcome the tensions between humanism and anti-humanism, posthumanisms are informed by an event that indeed is, in Derrida's language, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

Human Remains

symploke , Volume 23 (1) – Dec 31, 2015

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NATHAN SNAZA AND MINA KARAVANTA At a recent conference on the role of the humanities, the human, and posthumanism, a professor of literary theory shared her exasperation at yet another "post" announced that promises a premature shift in the problematic field of the human.1 Are we done talking about the human so we can now move onto the next chapter, in the hope that the new vistas it promises will deliver us from the unresolvable debates about "history, the human and the world between" (Radhakrishnan 2008)? Or is it possible, we ask with this issue, that the post in posthumanism is not another fad or a gesture skirting difficult questions about humans and their histories but rather a rupture within their field of representations? Does posthumanism as a wide range of interdisciplinary critical discourses signify a future anterior that enables the rise of new frames of representation of the human and humanity, perceiving the uneven temporalities of different humans, their interspecies collectivities, and complex sets of relations and materialities rather than a humanity at large? Without pretending to have overcome the tensions between humanism and anti-humanism, posthumanisms are informed by an event that indeed is, in Derrida's language,

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Published: Dec 31, 2015

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