Call for Papers


The 10th International Somatechnics Conference

Following recent conferences in Linköping (2013), Otago (2014) and Tucson (2015), we are pleased to announce that the tenth International Somatechnics Conference will be held in Byron Bay, from Dec 1-3 2016. The conference is co-hosted by the University of Queensland and Southern Cross University.

The term “somatechnics” was coined in 2003, as a new means by which to conceptualise the relationship between bodies and technē (craftsmanship). As Sullivan argues: ”techné is not something we add or apply to the already constituted body (as object), nor is it a tool that the embodied self employs to its own ends. Rather, technés are the dynamic means in and through which corporealities are crafted” (TSQ 2014).

This conference is intended to extend this focus on bodily techniques and embodied technologies to engage with recent work in feminist, queer and trans historiography, as well as critical theories of time. Time and critical investigations of past, present and future technologies have been important concerns in studies of embodiment from its inception, but recently it has received a more central position. Studies of the historical construction of gender, embodied memory, as well as various durational approaches to materiality have all made technicity and temporality primary conditions of corporeality. The differences and similarities between these conceptions of time and technology require further investigation.

We welcome a broad range of papers and presentations on the technologies and temporalities of the body. These might include, but are not restricted to, the following perspectives:

  • Gender, queer and/or trans studies
  • Histories of gender and/or sexuality
  • New Materialisms
  • Biopolitics
  • The Anthropocene
  • Critical race studies
  • Disability and/or crip theory
  • Digital cultures
  • Visual and literary cultures
  • Art history and theory
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
  • Susan Stryker (University of Arizona)
  • Valerie Traub (University of Michigan)
  • Vicki Kirby (University of New South Wales)
  • Suvendrini Perera (Curtin University)

The deadline for abstracts is Friday April 15 2016. Proposals for individual papers or presentations, or panels, are welcome. Please send your proposals to: 

For further details and continual updates, visit our conference website:

Download the Somatechnics 2016 CfP flyer.

The Australian Feminist Studies has provided a Conference Travel Award for one postgraduate attendee. We warmly congratulate Susannah French (ANU) on receiving this award. Read more about the Australian Feminist Studies’ Conference Travel Award.