Postcolonial Critique After Posthumanism

Author: Mark Jackson
ISBN: 1783484675
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This text responds to an emerging demand within postcolonial studies: how can the field renew itself to meet the theoretical and empirical requirements of the more-than‐human world?

Gender Power And Knowledge For Development

Author: Lata Narayanaswamy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781317812241
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Knowledge-for-development is thriving as an area of development practice. Yet the consequences of the proliferation of knowledge-based development practices as an area of development discourse and practice remain under-theorised and researched. This book interrogates the capacity of donor-funded women's NGOs and networks to promote more positive development outcomes through the production and dissemination of information. It argues that notions of progressive knowledge practice are confronted by three main constraints. Firstly, barriers embedded in information and its delivery persists despite mechanisms designed to improve accessibility. Secondly, the production and dissemination of increased volumes of information has become an end in itself. Finally, actors based in the 'South' remain unproblematised in knowledge-based development discourse and practice, thereby perpetuating elite practices and obscuring class and educational divides that reinforce inequalities within and between Northern and Southern contexts. Using a qualitative, multi-site ethnography, the book advocates a move away from a belief that information intermediaries can apply progressive correctives to 'tinker at the edges' and thus resolve the shortcomings of mainstream, World Bank-inspired knowledge paradigms that persist in the commodification of information. The book queries the essential utility of the knowledge paradigm itself and its key underpinning presumptive mechanism, namely that a knowledge deficit exists in the Global South that may be addressed by practices that essentially focus on improving the supply-side of knowledge without accounting for the nature or the specific needs of the knowledge systems being targeted for support. This volume will be of great interest to researchers, students in development studies, gender studies, and communication studies as well as NGOs, donor agencies and groups engaged in information for development (i4D), ICT for development (ICT4D), knowledge mobilization and knowledge-for-development (K4D).

Life After New Media

Author: Sarah Kember
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 9780262018197
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A call for a "rigorous cross-disciplinary interventions and inventions that will be equally at home with critical theory and media practice and will be prepared and able to make a difference--academically, institutionally, politically, ethically, and aesthetically" (p. 201).

Death Of The Posthuman

Author: Claire Colebrook
Publisher: Open Humanities Press
ISBN: 1785420119
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Death of the PostHuman undertakes a series of critical encounters with the legacy of what had come to be known as 'theory, ' and its contemporary supposedly post-human aftermath. There can be no redemptive post-human future in which the myopia and anthropocentrism of the species finds an exit and manages to emerge with ecology and life. At the same time, what has come to be known as the human - despite its normative intensity - can provide neither foundation nor critical lever in the Anthropocene epoch. Death of the PostHuman argues for a twenty-first century deconstruction of ecological and seemingly post-human futures

Minimal Ethics For The Anthropocene Critical Climate Change

Author: Joanna Zylinska
Publisher: Open Humanitites Press
ISBN: 1607853299
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"Life typically becomes an object of reflection when it is seen to be under threat. In particular, humans have a tendency to engage in thinking about life (instead of just continuing to live it) when being confronted with the prospect of death: be it the death of individuals due to illness, accident or old age; the death of whole ethnic or national groups in wars and other forms of armed conflict; but also of whole populations, be they human or nonhuman. Even though Minimal Ethics for the Anthropocene is first and foremost concerned with life--understood as both a biological and social phenomenon--it is the narrative about the impending death of the human population (i.e., about the extinction of the human species), that provides a context for its argument. "Anthropocene" names a geo-historical period in which humans are said to have become the biggest threat to life on earth. However, rather than as a scientific descriptor, the term serves here primarily as an ethical injunction to think critically about human and nonhuman agency in the universe. Restrained in tone yet ambitious in scope, the book takes some steps towards outlining a minimal ethics thought on a universal scale. The task of such minimal ethics is to consider how humans can assume responsibility for various occurrences in the universe, across different scales, and how they can respond to the tangled mesh of connections and relations unfolding in it. Its goal is not so much to tell us how to live but rather to allow us to rethink "life" and what we can do with it, in whatever time we have left. The book embraces a speculative mode of thinking that is more akin to the artist's method; it also includes a photographic project by the author."--Publisher's description.

How We Became Posthuman

Author: N. Katherine Hayles
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226321398
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In this age of DNA computers and artificial intelligence, information is becoming disembodied even as the "bodies" that once carried it vanish into virtuality. While some marvel at these changes, envisioning consciousness downloaded into a computer or humans "beamed" Star Trek-style, others view them with horror, seeing monsters brooding in the machines. In How We Became Posthuman, N. Katherine Hayles separates hype from fact, investigating the fate of embodiment in an information age. Hayles relates three interwoven stories: how information lost its body, that is, how it came to be conceptualized as an entity separate from the material forms that carry it; the cultural and technological construction of the cyborg; and the dismantling of the liberal humanist "subject" in cybernetic discourse, along with the emergence of the "posthuman." Ranging widely across the history of technology, cultural studies, and literary criticism, Hayles shows what had to be erased, forgotten, and elided to conceive of information as a disembodied entity. Thus she moves from the post-World War II Macy Conferences on cybernetics to the 1952 novel Limbo by cybernetics aficionado Bernard Wolfe; from the concept of self-making to Philip K. Dick's literary explorations of hallucination and reality; and from artificial life to postmodern novels exploring the implications of seeing humans as cybernetic systems. Although becoming posthuman can be nightmarish, Hayles shows how it can also be liberating. From the birth of cybernetics to artificial life, How We Became Posthuman provides an indispensable account of how we arrived in our virtual age, and of where we might go from here.

Material Ecocriticism

Author: Serenella Iovino
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 9780253014009
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Material Ecocriticism offers new ways to analyze language and reality, human and nonhuman life, mind and matter, without falling into well-worn paths of thinking. Bringing ecocriticism closer to the material turn, the contributions to this landmark volume focus on material forces and substances, the agency of things, processes, narratives and stories, and making meaning out of the world. This broad-ranging reflection on contemporary human experience and expression provokes new understandings of the planet to which we are intimately connected.