Monstrous Others: Terrorism, Animality, and Monstrosity in Contemporary Cultural Studies
This international seminar will explore how monstrosity is constructed in contemporary texts, practices, and discourses, particularly in relation to human and animal otherness.
1:00 Neel Ahuja (University of California, Santa Cruz, USA), “Reversible Human: Rectal Feeding and Bodily Plasticity in CIA Torture Practice”
2:00 Michael Lundblad (University of Oslo, Norway), “Zombie Terrorists, Biopolitics and Animality in World War Z”
2:30 coffee break
2:45 Mexitli Nayeli López Ríos (University of Oslo, Norway), “Queering the Grieving Body: Inside the Belly of a War Machine in Silvia Moreno-García’s Certain Dark Things”
3:15 Margrit Shildrick (Stockholm University, Sweden), “Monstrous Bodies: Re-imagining representation “
This seminar has been organized in conjunction with the midway PhD assessment for Mexitli Nayeli López Ríos in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo. The seminar is open to the public. Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Michael Lundblad: Michael.Lundblad@ilos.uio.no.
Neel Ahuja is Associate Professor in the Feminist Studies Department and a core faculty member of the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz: (https://ahuja.sites.ucsc.edu/research/)
Mexitli Nayeli López Ríos is a Doctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo: https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/people/aca/mexitlil/
Michael Lundblad is Professor of English-Language Literature in the Department of Literature, Area Studies, and European Languages (ILOS) at the University of Oslo: https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/people/aca/michalun/
Margrit Shildrick is Guest Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production in the Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies at Stockholm University: