Call for Papers: Politics of the Machines – “Lifelikeness & Beyond”, Aachen, 22-26.04.2024, Deadline: 04.12.2023

Call for contributions 

Politics of the Machines – “Lifelikeness & Beyond”

April 22-26, 2024

Käthe Hamburger Kolleg, RWTH Aachen

PoM „Lifelikeness & beyond” seeks to bring together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of fields across the sciences, technology and the arts to develop imaginaries for possibilities that are still to be realized and new ideas of what the contingency of life is. The call also seeks to question what the limits between reality, fiction and imagination can be when we look for sources of action or new forms of collective action and of creating collectivities. What kind of imaginaries are needed to think of new forms of research and practice that effectively act as a counterbalance to the many crises of the present? What can we learn from a performed contingency about the community of the living and the non-living? How is the idea of contingency transformed when life and non-life are embedded within each other? PoM Aachen welcomes proposals for conference sub-tracks that look into transdisciplinary research at large in creating unrealized futures.

If you’re interested to participate in one of the conference tracks, you are invited to submit a 500-word abstract by December 4th.

You can find the full call for contributions here: