Bodies: A Digital CompanionMain MenuWhy the Body?an introduction to the digital companionEmbodimentkey conceptCultural Normkey conceptBodily Differencekey conceptStigmakey conceptIntersectionalitykey conceptBody ImageDr. Kristin Novotny, Professor COR 240-04/05Spectral and Invisible BodiesDr. Veruska Cantelli, Assistant ProfessorVisibility / Invisibility / HypervisibilityAlice Neiley, Adjunct ProfessorRadical AwakeningFaith Yacubian, Assistant ProfessorPaleoErik Shonstrom, Assistant ProfessorBorderlandsDr. Patricia DeRocherWalkingDr. Katheryn Wright, Associate Professor (COR-240-03)The PosthumanDr. Katheryn Wright, Associate ProfessorMethodologiesThis page contains links to short explanations of the different methodologies used to understand bodies and embodiment.The Body Projectoverview of the common assignmentAcknowledgementsa list of contributors to 'Bodies: A Digital Companion'Katheryn Wright279cd79e69274163f928712dea4a54ed18cc4019Kristin Novotny6c7d293adc756d3d765532b1218f29929b3ec40f
Viktoria Modesta, "Prototype" video
12017-06-09T10:00:51-07:00Kristin Novotny6c7d293adc756d3d765532b1218f29929b3ec40f149571YouTube music video starring the Latvian-born English singer/performance artist Viktoria Modesta. Her amputated leg and prosthesis complicates traditional perceptions of beauty.plain2017-06-09T10:00:51-07:00Kristin Novotny6c7d293adc756d3d765532b1218f29929b3ec40f
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12017-07-25T08:22:09-07:00The Posthuman: Introduction and Contents19This page overviews "Bodies: The Posthuman" and provides content links and tags to readings/screenings.plain2019-11-21T07:45:58-08:00
"The cyborg is our ontology; it gives us our politics." - Donna Haraway, "The Cyborg Manifesto"
Who is posthuman? Where does posthumanism come from? What are the politics of the posthuman? And, how does posthumanism connect to race, gender, class, and ability? Following this line of questioning, Dr. Wright's focus section on "Bodies: The Posthuman" will examine the significance of posthuman bodies in popular culture. We will also address the connection between the posthuman and key concepts central to understanding the body: mind-body dualism, embodiment, intersectionality, physical difference, cultural norm, and stigma.
At its most general, posthumanism challenges body boundaries that are often taken for granted in the Western tradition. First, the boundary between the body and technology. We will read about, analyze, and make our own versions of the cyborg. Second is the boundary between human and nonhuman bodies. Here, we will focus in on the intersection between disability studies and animal rights. Third, the boundary between bodies and their environments take center stage. After a brief introduction to actor-network theory, we will read a philosophical essay about the anthropocene. We will apply our discussions of these body boundaries to the study of afrofuturism, necropolitics, and algorithmic culture.
A significant portion of "Bodies: The Posthuman" (click on link to access the syllabus on Google Docs) will be watching/reading examples of the posthuman in popular culture and discussing them using a roundtable format. We will be watching Ex Machina, Ghost in the Shell, and Rhymes for Young Ghouls. We will be reading Alan Moore's graphic novel Saga of the Swamp Thing and Jennifer Marie Brissett's post-colonial apocalyptic debut novel, Elysium. Most of your required readings/screenings are available as content links to this page. Check out the syllabus for specific due dates.