Deadline for submissions: December 19, 2015

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Whereas posthumanism is understood and used in different ways, the constant of its appellation is to problematize the category of “human”, which is also the primary and defining interest of psychology. A dialogue between psychology and posthumanism consequently promises new and stimulating ways of addressing those norms, boundaries, discourses, and ontologies that have traditionally defined the “human.” It encourages the investigation of the historical roots of our current understandings of the human; it grapples with the question of what it means to be “human” or anthropos; it provokes us to ask what it would mean to be “post-” human; and it poses the question of what ontologies, discourses, myths, or, indeed,psychologies of the human could redress our current ones. It may also motivate us to reevaluate those norms of human behavior that help constitute genders and sexualities, to probe what is taken-for-granted about human identity, and to wrestle with how technology augments, disrupts, and/or troubles what it means to be human. In relation to today’s exigent ecological crises, a posthumanistic psychology returns to those boundaries that have traditionally separated humans and non-human others—boundaries such as rationality, morality, and personhood—and reassesses their tenability. Addressing issues relevant to anthropology, environmentalethics, and posthumanism, researchers working in this area have suggested that modern ontologies of the self have become articulated with consumption and material comfort. In addition, they have pointed to how prevailing theologies and philosophies have stripped away the intrinsic value of non-human lifeforms, and they have complained that the human self has been too narrowly identified with the ego, body, and body politic.

Topics and areas of study intersecting with psychology and posthumanism include the following:

  • queer studies
  • questions of prosthesis + (dis)ability studies
  • animal studies / “the animal”
  • philosophies of extinction
  • the meanings and implications of employing virtual reality in therapy
  • post-phenomenology
  • the logic of environmental subjugation vis-a-vis the oppression of women
  • factors hindering the widening of moral considerability—to include, for example, non-human animals and land
  • postcolonial theory
  • embodied cognition theory

The editorial board of Metaxu is soliciting articles addressing issues relating to posthumanism. Contributors from fields outside of psychology are welcomed and encouraged. Metaxu invites graduate students, scholars, practicing psychologists, and other experts to contribute to this year’s issue on Psychology and Posthumanism.

All submissions must be 3000-8000 words (not including references) and formatted in APA style.

Deadline for submissions: December 19, 2015

Editor-in-chief: Kai Bekkeli
Assistant editor: Erica Freeman
Assistant editor: Monica Lawson
Assistant editor: Christopher Bailey
Advisory editor: Celeste Pietrusza
Faculty editor: Elizabeth Fein, PhD

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