2013-14: Human and Non-Human Agency

The Faculty Seminar Series, “Human and Non-Human Agency,” presented by the IHR, draws faculty, students and community members together to discuss the concerns and methodologies that characterize and distinguish humanities research.

The location of agency within the human subject has defined many disciplines traditionally categorized within the humanities. Yet recent challenges to foundational notions of the subject, such as those introduced by thing theory, actor-network theory and post-humanism have offered a range of radical critiques to this very notion of agency. In response to these developments, the 2013-14 IHR faculty seminar series analyzed core assumptions about agency, the human, and the nonhuman. In three seminars over the course of the year, seven faculty members presented various approaches to understanding agency in relation to the human and the nonhuman.