Theme: 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

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

If our funding allows, we hope to be able to subsidize graduate students and postdocs.  If you would like to be considered for this, please indicate this with your abstract submission.

Call for papers open from January 16th 2018.  The deadline for submission is February 16th.  You will be notified of the outcome by February 25th.  You must register for the conference by March 10th for your abstract to continue to be included.

Abstracts should be sent to James Jardine ( by the deadline of February 16th.  Include an information sheet with name, title of paper, affiliation, status re. work and any other information relevant.  The abstract must be anonymized for blind review.

There are two possibilities for grad students and postdocs – you may apply to give a 20 min presentation with 10 min discussion OR be 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 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 speaking slots available, please indicate when you submit your abstract.

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, please send an email to Anya Daly asking to be included on the waitlist.

Registration fees:
Unwaged – grad students and others – no registration fee
Waged - €160 (this includes postdocs)

Full refunds until April 30th. Half refunds up until May 16th – thereafter, no refunds. Any refunds will be processed shortly after the conference.

Please request refunds from Anya Daly.