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Come to the Nerd Nite!

Hello all!

I’m excited to share that I’ve been announced as a speaker at Nerd Nite Toronto on November 28th. Here is a link to the event page, the 2019 Nerdtacular!

I will be giving a talk about the Cyborg, a figure that has dominated the focus of my writing –both my academic and creative efforts – since the competition of What We See in the Smoke!

The Cyborg as a figure in popular culture – the body in a literal state of “human/machine symbiosis” (Katherine Hayles, How We Became Posthuman 112) – is often conceived as a monstrous figure, as a figure of otherness, a being whose status as a hybrid has made them less than human, less deserving of humanity, and placed “outside the jurisdiction” (Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer 82) of the laws and social norms of civil society. However, I will argue that the literary Cyborg and their other fellow hybrids do not have to be read as sub-human Other, but rather may be viewed as a method for queer and other non-socio-normative bodies to break free from the constraints of the systems and norms that would have previously held them prisoner.

Please come down to The Transac Club to listen to me talk about my theories for some hint as to where my writing and ideas are going, and also some cool examinations of Alan Moore’s DC comics The Saga of the Swamp Thing, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s novel This is How You Lose The Time Warand more!

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