Personification, the Posthuman and the Poseidon Adventure

Sorensen, T. (Presenter)

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The Australasian Post-Humanities "exists to make the humanities radically accessible". I was invited to give an online presentation titled "Personification, the Posthuman and the Poseidon Adventure" at 3pm Wed, September 16, 2020.
Abstract: Do one's abdominal organs "belong" to oneself? In A Thousand Plateaus, Deleuze and Guattari refer to the Body Without Organs - a mysterious and confounding concept. Interestingly, they're careful to explain they have nothing against organs; it's the assemblage that is the problem, because assemblages tend to concentrate or enact power. In my novel, working title The Pouch of Douglas*, the affected organs in a cancerous human body tell us about their own lives and trials. It is a cancer memoir with a difference: the "romantically suffering" human subject is radically decentered; she is glimpsed only ​indirectly, as a character offstage in this drama, or perhaps as venue for the drama.
Period16 Sep 2020
Held atAustralasian Post-Humanities, Australia
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • Deleuze
  • Body without organs
  • Posthumanism
  • Creative writing
  • creative industries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)