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Keynote #2: Dr Sara Wasson

Slow Lacerations: Time in Tissue Transfer Fantastika How do we show history, money, and surgical and pharmacological change intersecting with bodies? How do we express the times of transplantation, the temporalities of its many dimensions impacting human tissue and flesh and kinship? This paper considers recipient experience and of harvestee vulnerabilities and networks of predation that can feed …

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Becoming transhuman: exploring the adaptation of the body for war and conquest in the Black Library’s Horus Heresy series.

“So he made us, demi-gods, to stand beside him… The mere fact of me frightens me sometimes.” (Abnett, Horus Rising, p134-135) Over the past 30 years, Games Workshop’s iconic ‘Warhammer 40,000’ setting has centred around a key narrative conflict set in the 31st millennium: the era known as the Horus Heresy, involving two sides of …

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Undressing the Ghost: Embodying Bereavement Trauma in Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris

As in many ghost stories, the spectres which haunt Stanislaw Lem’s science fiction novel Solaris are birthed from trauma and loss. However, unlike traditionally non-corporeal spectres, the visitors that haunt Solaris possess a frightening physicality; a physicality closely tied to the workings of trauma theory. As such, this paper argues that these figuresare physical embodiments …

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Are robot-assisted surgeons using the Da Vinci Surgical System “Cyborgs”?

Through dissolving human-machine boundaries, the ‘cyborg’ challenges traditional conceptions of embodiment. Thus, identifying a singular conception of what it means to be human may become increasingly impossible within a contemporary, cyborg-infused reality. The term cyborg has been appropriated within a mixture of utopian and dystopian accounts to describe various hybrid bodies; Haraway’s (1991) visions of …

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A (New) Weird Teratology: The tentacular monster as abcanny body in the work of China Miéville

The tentacled monster is a recognisable staple in the work of fantasy, horror and science fiction writers as a metaphor and motif for an invading “otherness” upon our established status quo. They simultaneously remind us of the wonders of our natural world but also defamiliarise it as something which is still significantly incomprehensible to us. …