A Feminist Companion to the Posthumanities

Springer Verlag (2018)
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Abstract

This companion is a cutting-edge primer to critical forms of the posthumanities and the feminist posthumanities, aimed at students and researchers who want to catch up with the recent theoretical developments in various fields in the humanities, such as new media studies, gender studies, cultural studies, science and technology studies, human animal studies, postcolonial critique, philosophy and environmental humanities. It contains a collection of nineteen new and original short chapters introducing influential concepts, ideas and approaches that have shaped and developed new materialism, inhuman theory, critical posthumanism, feminist materialism, and posthuman philosophy. A resource for students and teachers, this comprehensive volume brings together established international scholars and emerging theorists, for timely and astute definitions of a moving target – posthuman humanities and feminist posthumanities.

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Embodying the Posthuman Subject: Digital Humanities and Permeable Material Practice

Since the introduction of digital technologies within traditional humanities education, a reconfiguration of both academic disciplines and the subjectivities that such institutional bodies include as contexts for analysis are clearly in process. Such radical transformations provide a generative basi... see more

“Let Me Show You”: A Caring Ethnography of Embodied Knowledge in Weaving and Engineering

This chapter seeks to comprehend and problematize the metaphor of knowledge as weaving as an entrance to critically understand: mediations, inequalities and differences both within technoscientific knowledge production and in its encounters and dialogues with other knowledges. The starting point of ... see more

Re/membering the Body

My chapter traces the development and implications of re/membering the body, following on from the somatophobia of early 2nd wave feminist scholarship that saw attention to bodily matters as a potential point of hostile ambush. Where the conventional tropes of modernism insist on a conceptual split ... see more

Queer Disability, Postcolonial Feminism and the Monsters of Evolution

This article offers an original analysis of contemporary representations of evolutionary theory. It does so by turning to the lesser-known work of evolutionary biologist Richard Goldschmidt, who placed the “hopeful monster” at the heart of evolution. Diverging from the critiques of evolutionary theo... see more

Archaeological Posthumanities: Feminist Re-invention of Science and Material Pasts

This paper deals with how post-humanism may change how to approach archaeological bodies, through an engagement with biomolecular sciences. For example, isotope analysis can be used to trace the interchange between body and environment and hence provides an insight into what could be called the arch... see more

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