Ways of be(com)ing human 
Eugenia Ramirez-Goicoechea (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED)
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Gísli Pálsson (University of Iceland)
Gísli Pálsson (University of Iceland)
Being Human
University Place 1.219
Wednesday 7 August, 9:00-10:00, 14:00-15:00, 14:30-15:30 (UTC+0)

Short Abstract:

Being Human is not an end-point but a continuous process of be-coming. The panel will explore different ways of bio-psycho-socio-cultural and political constructions of human/humanised life courses within their specific material-symbolic-eco-relations in the flow of life.

Long Abstract

Being Human is not an essentialist state of existence but a continuous rhyzomatic process of be-coming. This panel will explore the various tracks, pathways, lines and trajectories -also structurations and objectivisations - of becoming human in different evolutionary, historical, bio-psycho-social and ethnographic settings.

Although not a requisite, we propose some perspectives and themes:

- The mutual constitution through co-ontogeny and development of the organic-biological (genetic/epigenetic, neural, hormonal), the sociocultural, and the political economy of human personal/collective trajectories, therefore, the inapplicability of the Nature/Culture divide.

- Developmental niche construction, parenting, socialisation, enculturation, systems of truth and political and educational enforcement of recognisable legitimate (and non-legitimate) becomings should be also considered. A non-essentialist approach of what, when, where and how these becomings are practiced and represented will help overcoming the universal/particular dualism.

- The technopolitical, biomedical and legal/judicial constitutive ideo-practices redefine and produce new kinds of 'humanness', identities, and personal and collective subjectivities/object-ivities.

- The role of non-human animals and non-living objects in different ethnographic and historical settings for human becomings.

-In accordance with current approaches such as Biosocialities, Biohumanities, NatureCultures, Biosocial Anthropology, papers considering the interdisciplinary between the so called Life Sciences and the Social Sciences/Humanities will be welcome.

Paper proposals are open for both senior and young researchers. The panel will finish with a discussion of the main contributions of the different papers, and the epistemic and theoretical implications of considering humans as on-going processes of becoming.

Accepted papers: