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Keynote Speakers

Patricia MacCormack

Patricia MacCormack is Professor of Continental Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge UK. She is the author of Posthuman Ethics (Routledge 2012) and Cinesexuality (Routledge 2008), the editor of The Animal Catalyst: Toward Ahuman Theory (Bloomsbury 2014), the co-editor of Deleuze and the Schizonanalysis of Cinema (Continuum 2008), Deleuze and the Animal (Edinburgh UP 2017) and Ecosophical Aesthetics (Bloomsbury 2017). She is currently writing The Ahuman Manifesto for Bloomsbury and a book on Affirmative Death for Rowman and Littlefield.

N. Katherine Hayles

James B. Duke Professor and director of Graduate Studies in the Program in Literature, Duke University

N. Katherine Hayles is recognized worldwide for her many acclaimed contributions to the fields of critical theory, electronic literature and critical posthumanism. Her numerous books include How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (University of Chicago Press, 2012), My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts (University of Chicago Press, 2005) and How we Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (University of Chicago Press, 1999).

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics, John Cabot University, Rome

Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), and Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul. He is the author of Metaphysics without Truth: On the Importance of Consistency within Nietzsche’s Philosophy (University of Marquette Press, 2007). His edited and co-edited volumes include From Humanism to Meta-, Post- and Transhumanism? (Peter Lang, 2016), Geschichte der Bioethik (Mentis Verlag, 2011), Human-Biotechnology as Social Challenge (Ashgate, 2007) and Eugenik and die Zukunft (Alber Verlag, 2006).