How to apply

Themes: The conference aims to inspire questioning regarding perceptions of ‘the human’ – whether perception leads to recognition and solidarity or to objectification. This designation 'human' can be used beyond the mere identification of a species to underwrite exploitation, exclusion, denigration, dehumanization and demonization of what is then designated inhuman or nonhuman.

Topics can include, but are not limited, to:

·      the scientific/ medical/ psychiatric gaze

·      the psychopathological gaze

·      shame and the gaze of others

·      dehumanisation and demonization

·      violence/ torture

·      atypical social cognition

·      ideologies of exclusion- in-groups/ out-groups

·      interanimality

·      the inhuman gaze/ perceiving otherwise in aesthetics

The language of the conference is English. 



The call for papers opens from January 19th 2018.  The extended deadline for submission is February 28th.  You will be notified of the outcome by March 2nd. 

If your abstract is accepted, you must register for the conference by March 5th for your abstract to continue to be included.

Abstracts should be sent to James Jardine ( by the deadline of February 28th.  Please include two documents: (1) an information sheet with name, title of paper, affiliation, status re. work and any other relevant information; (2) the abstract (250 – 400 words) must be anonymized for blind review.

These are the possibilities:

(1) For faculty – 30 min presentation with 15 min discussion; OR 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion.

(2)  For grad students and postdocs – you may apply to give a 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion; OR to give a lightning presentation of 10 mins and group discussion of 15 ins. It should be clearly stated in your information sheet whether you prefer to give a short presentation or a lightning presentation. We are also inviting applications to express interest in serving as a respondent to one of the keynotes.  This requires responding to the paper presented by the keynote in a 10 min presentation, followed by a 15 min discussion including both the keynote speaker and yourself. If this is something you would like to consider in the event of there not being enough short or lightning speaking slots available, please indicate when you submit your abstract. We will aim to match the respondents research interests with those of the keynote.

We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students, early career researchers and underrepresented minorities (please indicate if this applies to you in your abstract submission and registration).


General registration will be open from March 5th. You must register on the Eventbrite link on the conference website. Places are limited.  If you are unable to gain a place through registration but would like to be waitlisted indicate this on Eventbrite.  

Please accept our apologies but the waitlist function is now closed as we have reached the maximum possible to consider in the event of cancellations.

Registration fees:

Unwaged – grad students and others – no registration fee

Waged - €160 (this includes postdocs)

Full refunds until May 6th. Thereafter, no refunds. Any refunds will be processed shortly after the conference. Queries Anya Daly