Limina: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies

2019 Conference

The conference will be held on the beautiful grounds of the University of Western Australia.

Matilda Bay
Reflection Pond
Reflection Pond
Winthrop Tower
Winthrop Tower
Reid Library
Reid Library
Octagon Theatre
Octagon Theatre
Limina Conference 2017
Limina Conference 2017
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 Limina 14th Annual Conference

HUMANIFESTO: dissecting the human experience

The University of Western Australia, July 19th 2019

The 14th annual Limina conference explored the visceral, corporeal, and ephemeral dimensions of being human.

We live in a climate of debates about bodily autonomy, population growth, artificial intelligence, and genetic modification. Our bodies are marked by sex, race, age, and health, all of which are contentiously invested with social and political significance. At the same time, discoveries about our past and emerging technologies challenge fixed ideas of what it means to be human. In this way, the lines between our bodies and our humanity are being drawn and re-drawn. Extending beyond the physical, then, how do we understand and express what it means to be human?

Our topic suggestions included:

  • What makes us ‘human’
  • Empathy
  • Somaesthetics
  • Rights and rituals/funerary practices
  • Performing bodies/body as spectacle/body art
  • Psychosomatic conditions
  • Human and body manifests
  • Imagined selves/Altered states
  • Social/cultural/political expectations
  • Manifestos on the human condition
  • Identity: race, religion, gender, age, sexuality
  • Augmented reality/Artificial Intelligence/Genetic Manipulation
  • Dysmorphia/Alienation/Parasites
  • Past, current and future ‘humans’ and ‘humanity’
  • Unembodiment/ghosts/haunting/manifestations
  • Physical and mental difference
  • Human Agency: Bodily autonomy/Human Slavery/Commodification
  • Expressions of humanity in memory, language, art, etc
  • Politics and politicisation of bodies, identity and humanity/human rights
  • Dehumanisation/Othering/Objectivication

  • 2019 Poster [PDF, 948.0 KB]
    Updated 13 Jun 2019

    2019 Program [PDF, 293.1 KB]
    Updated 12 Jul 2019

    Humanifesto Booklet [PDF, 1.5 MB]
    Updated 12 Jul 2019

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