The Future of the Humanities in Posthuman Times

∞ “The Future of the Humanities in Posthuman Times” (pdf) – Yves Citton, Sara Guyer, Ullrich Langer, Frédéric Neyrat, and Jan Miernowski (2018-2019)

• Yves Citton is professor in Literature and Media at the Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint Denis and co-editor of the journal Multitudes. He recently published Mediarchy (Polity Press, 2019), Contre-courants politiques (Fayard, 2018), The Ecology of Attention (Polity Press, 2016). His next book, written in collaboration with Jacopo Rasmi, will be published by Le Seuil in March 2020 under the title Générations collapsonautes.
Sara Guyer is Professor of English and Director of the Global Humanities Initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the author of Romanticism after Auschwitz (Stanford, 2007) and Reading with John Clare (Fordham, 2015). She is currently writing about the uses of anthropomorphism. She also serves as President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes and editor of the book series Lit Z.
Ullrich Langer is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of French at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His latest essays concern the notion and rhetoric of tolerance in the intolerant 16th century, Montaigne’s skepticism in a finite world, and versions of self in the early modern period and contemporary literature. A volume co-edited with Paul-Alexis Mellet, Les Remontrances (Europe: XVIe-XVIIIe siècles). Textes et commentaires, is appearing in 2020.

Jan Miernowski’s research and teaching interests focus on the aesthetic response of literature to the diverse discourses of early modern and contemporary philosophy, theology, science and politics. His doctoral thesis was devoted to the poetic expression of Renaissance logic. The subsequent books comprise a wide-ranging study of the impact of negative theology on French 16th-century poetry, on Medieval and Renaissance philosophy, as well as specifically on the poetics of Montaigne’s skepticism. He published in Polish a monograph on allegory in French literature from the Roman de la rose to Pascal, and a co-authored critical edition of poetry by Peletier du Mans. Jan Miernowski’s most recent books include a monograph on the aesthetics of hatred in French and Francophone literature from the 16th to the 21st century; an edited volume on the interplay between the grotesque and the sublime; and an edited collection of essays on the dialogue between Renaissance humanism and 20th-century antihumanism. His current project tests the conditions of possibility of a humanism for our posthuman times.

Frédéric Neyrat is a French philosopher, professor at UW-Madison (English department), and editor of Alienocene. Next book: Literature and Materialisms (Routledge, January 2020).