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(Hopefully) Upcoming Work

I’ve submitted three abstracts in the past week, each for an exciting event and each, should I be accepted, allowing me to work out what might become important ideas for my dissertation.

So far, I’ve been very lucky in terms of the conferences I’ve participated in and the amount of help they’ve provided in developing ideas. The ideas in each of these abstracts will have to be worked out sooner or later but I really prefer to do that work in collaboration.

In addition, I’m confirmed to present an excerpt from my “Uncanny Meat” essay:

The organizers for this event are editing a special issue of Caliban, a French Journal of American Studies, titled “Planète en partage/Sharing the Planet” and so I’m hoping to put the finishing touches on the essay and, finally, publishing it.

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EcoMaterialisms: Bichat and Lamarck

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This week’s EMC meeting was on Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771-1802) and Jean-Baptiste Lamarck (1744-1829). It was also my week to present and I had a lot of fun with these texts, building on our conversations from previous classes and trying to draw some connections to last year’s discussions.

Bichat: Physiological Researches upon Life and Death (1800)

Lamarck: Zoological Philosophy: Exposition with Regard to the Natural History of Animals (1809)

Starting Points:     

  • Reiterating a Critique of Foucault
  • Organized and Brute Matter vs. Living and Dead Matter
  • Physical and Vital Forces: Lamarck vs. Buffon and Bichat
  • Living Bodies and their States: First Proposition
  • Living Bodies and their States: Second Proposition
  • Reactive Power vs. Intussusception

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EcoMaterialisms: Maupertuis and Buffon

This year, the EcoMaterialisms Collective is working through a three-part nexus: histories and theories of the organism in the fall, of ecologies in the winter, and of cosmologies in the spring. Every now and then I’ll post my reflections to the week’s readings along with what those readings were:

Required:

  • Pierre Louis Maupertuis (1698-1759): The Earthly Venus
  • Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788): Natural History, General and Particular
    • Ch. 2. Of Reproduction in General.
    • Ch. 4. Of the Generation of Animals.
    • Ch. 9. Varieties in the Generation of Animals.
    • Ch. 10. Of the Formation of the Foetus.
    • Ch. 11. Of the Expansion, Growth, and Delivery of the Foetus.

Suggested:

Also discussed: Foucault’s The Order of Things and Hans Jonas’ The Phenomenon of Life.

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