Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp <p><strong><a title="Journal of Posthumanism" href="https://journals.tplondon.com/jp"><em><img style="padding: 0 15px; float: left;" src="https://journals.tplondon.com/public/journals/7/journalThumbnail_en_US.jpg" height="200" /></em></a> Journal of Posthumanism</strong> is an international multilingual peer-reviewed scholarly journal promoting innovative work to transverse the fields ranging from social sciences, humanities, and arts to medicine and STEM. In line with the efforts of creating a broad network beyond disciplinary boundaries, the journal seeks to explore what it means to be human in this technologically-saturated, ecologically damaged world, and transcend the traditional conception of the human while encouraging philosophical thinking beyond humanism. </p> <p class="smaller"><strong>Journal Founded:</strong> 2020<br /><strong>ISSN </strong>2634-3576 (Print) | <strong>ISSN </strong>2634-3584 (Online)<br /><strong>Publication Frequency:</strong> Two issues a year in May and November</p> en-US <p>All rights reserved © 2020 Transnational Press London</p> posthumanism@tplondon.com (JP Admin) admin@tplondon.com (TPL Admin) Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 3.2.1.2 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Pink Chicken Project https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1349 <p><em>The Pink Chicken Project is a story to build other stories on; a speculative stirring that ties together multiple interlocking systems of ecological and social crisis. Seemingly paradoxical, the project rejects the current violence inflicted upon the non-human world, but is itself an act of violence through the non-consensual modification of the bodies of billions of chickens. It poses questions concerning the impact and power of synthetic biology and gene drives, but uses the very same technologies to formulate the critique. It highlights the unfathomable scale of industrial agriculture and factory farming, while at the same time depending on these systems as a vessel for its manifesto.</em></p> Nonhuman Nonsense Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1349 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Posthuman Archaeologies, Archaeological Posthumanisms https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1357 <p><em>This paper maps and builds relations between posthumanism and the field of archaeology, arguing for vital and promising connections between the two. Posthuman insights on post-anthropocentrism, non-human multiplicities, and the </em><em>minoritarian in the now intersect powerfully with archaeology’s multi-temporal and long-term interests in heterogenous and vibrant assemblages of people, places, and things, particularly the last few decades of ‘decolonial’ re-imaginings of the field. For these reasons, we frame archaeology as the historical science of posthumanism. We demonstrate the discipline’s breadth through three vignettes concerning archaeology’s unique engagements with multiplicities of objects, multiplicities of scales, and multiplicities of people. These examples, we argue, speak to the benefits of becoming posthuman archaeologists and archaeological posthumanists. </em></p> Craig Cipolla, Rachel J. Crellin, Oliver J.T. Harris Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1357 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Cyborg or Goddess? Religion and Posthumanism From Secular to Postsecular https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1444 <p><em>This article works on the premise that critical posthumanism both exposes and calls into question the criteria by which Western modernity has defined the boundaries between nature, humanity, and technology. Yet the religious, cultural and epistemological developments of what is known as the ‘postsecular’ may signal a further blurring of another set of distinctions characteristic of modernity: between sacred and secular, belief and non-belief. Using Donna Haraway’s famous assertion that she would ‘rather be a cyborg than a goddess’, I consider whether critical posthumanism’s valorisation of cyborg identities is also capable of negotiating this ‘final frontier’ between immanence and transcendence, secular and sacred, humanity and divinity. In essence: is there space for a religious dimension to visions of the posthuman?</em></p> Elaine Graham Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1444 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Vital Life of Kitchens in Higher Education Institutional Workspaces https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1378 <p><em>In higher education institutions (HEI), whose primary functions are oriented to the activities of learning, teaching and research workspace kitchens are disregarded spaces. Yet kitchens do vital but unnoticed work in everyday institutional life. This article develops a post-human, post-disciplinary and post-methodological analytical framing to give kitchens, and the confederation of connections they produce, the attention they deserve. The article draws on a post-qualitative data bricolage of mobile phone snaps, assemblage ethnography, vox pop and memory story to analyze the posthuman matterings within and of HEI kitchens. Theoretically, the article is grounded in a post-disciplinary approach which draws conceptual resources from sociology, human geography, anthropology, material culture and education. It explores the HE workspace kitchen as a productive site for the enactment of a multitude of material, affective and micro-political institutional practices. The article argues that kitchens matter as important liminal spaces for the materialization of institutional rules, values, norms, belonging and community.</em></p> Carol A Taylor Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1378 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Body is Infinite/ Body Intelligence https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1447 <p><em>Body Intelligence is the body’s capacity to vary, understood as fluctuating field whose primordial sense is proprioception, inherited form 4 billion years of bacterial sex and simbiogenesis. Ontohacking/metaformance techniques to unfold BI are proposed in face of a millennia old tendency to reduce sensorimotor plasticity, linked to systems of domination and exponentially expanding in current hypercolonial, transhumanist dystopias of control and AI</em>.</p> Jaime del Val Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1447 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Chinese Kung-fu Films and the Posthuman Daoism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1351 <p><em>This paper argues that Chinese- Kung-fu films are unique presentations of human movement as a system of bodily aesthetics. By adopting a Daoist aesthetics of yin-yang cosmology, martial artists perform the dictum by Zhuanzi’s “The myriad things come out of ji and go into ji”, with the character ji as some kind of the Deleuzian “desiring machine”. There we see a human-technicality convergence as characterized by a posthuman merger within the process of complex visuality, particularly presented through the cinematic form. Kung-fu performance on screen, therefore, affords a kind of natural cyborg intersectionality within what can be called a posthuman Daoism, a kind of commingling of the ancient and posthuman technics.</em></p> Kin Yuen Wong Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1351 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Front Matter https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1517 <p>Information about Journal of Posthumanism&nbsp;</p> Journal of Posthumanism Copyright (c) 2021 Transnational Press London https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1517 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Are We Ready for Direct Brain Links to Machines and Each Other? https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1185 <p><em>Neuralink, a company founded by Elon Musk three years ago, is the most notable of several companies developing a new type of Brain-Computer Interface (BCI): a direct, two-way, digital system that is robust, compact, and wireless. BCI is already being used therapeutically to reduce seizures in severe epileptics, resolve tremors in Parkinson’s patients, and to stabilize mood disorders in psychiatric patients. But the devices used to do this are bulky and hardwired, causing difficulty of use for patients and requiring invasive surgeries and large incisions to implant them. So, researchers have been trying to make these devices more compact, easier to implant, and wireless.</em></p> Kevin LaGrandeur Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1185 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 From the Ashes https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1417 <p><em>In late 2019 and early 2020, months before the World Health Organization had declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, catastrophic bushfires in Australia were garnering international headlines. Almost every state in the country experienced bushfires during this period, a product of sustained drought and significantly higher (indeed record-breaking) temperatures. These temperatures had increased the volume of dry fuels but also minimised the number of days in which fuel reduction burns could be undertaken safely (Sharples et al., 2016). The largest of these fires were in southeastern Australia, where huge tracts of forest were engulfed in flames and suburbs in the country’s largest city—Sydney—were threatened.</em></p> Matt McDonald Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1417 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 To the Posthuman Born(e): The Post-natural World of Jeff VanderMeer https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1283 <p><em>In this essay, I argue that VanderMeer’s imagining of such a world in Borne is at once posthuman and post-natural, and the two are interconnected. The crux of the argument is that the posthuman is contingent upon, even as it produces, the post-natural.</em></p> Pramod K. Nayar Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1283 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Dialogue on Posthuman Life, Death and COVID-19 https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1281 <p align="JUSTIFY"><em><span style="font-family: TimesNewRomanPS-BoldMT, serif;"><span style="font-size: medium;">This interview between Francesca Ferrando (New York University) and Asijit Datta (University of Calcutta) is an extended and exhaustive effort to weigh the pressing concerns of posthuman life, death, and philosophy in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. Philosophical discourse on matters related to dualism, humanism, anthropocentrism, during a phase when exposed human bodies are susceptible to a deadly, mutating virus itself, warrants some paradoxical attention. There has never been a more suitable age and a period to discuss the onto-epistemological anxieties against the background of biotechnological advancements. Akin to an inverse ouroboros, the latest medical equipment or a favourable vaccine for diseases is part of the reparation process undertaken to balance out the damage perpetrated by capitalism. Questions from the interviewer traverse topics involving the Anthropocene, non-human animals/others, genetic mutations, ethnic crises, ethical response towards the dead, posthumanism as spirituality, and the posthuman multiverse. </span></span></em></p> Francesca Ferrando, Asijit Datta Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1281 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Posthumanism and higher education: Reimagining pedagogy, practice and research https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1368 <p><em>This lively, innovative book makes a strong case for how we might, and must, engage multi-modally with more-than-human co-students/researchers/pedagogues in Higher Education (HE) in ways that attend to urgent matters of social justice and sustainability. It builds capacity for ethical responses to neocolonial HE systems where human exceptionalism is taken for granted. It explores posthuman creative research and pedagogical practices that “push-back against the panopoly of neoliberal measurement technologies” (2). Carol A. Taylor and Annouchka Bayley have carefully edited this collection to take readers on a provocative wander with posthuman education practices that embrace the material world as affective and inseparable from knowledge-making, deploying diffractive methodologies that widen ideas about what data are and how data are produced. The 21 chapters investigate novel ways of attending to and valuing material-discursive learning with posthumanist frameworks to advocate for responsible, affirmative pedagogy and research.</em></p> Karen E Barr Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1368 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 On Transhumanism: The most dangerous idea in the world?! https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1491 <p><em>This hot-off-the-press publication On Transhumanism by Stefan Lorenz Sorgner operates as a precise navigation tool through dense epochal complexities in which the long-established notion of human as an exclusive onto-epistemic benchmark gets thoroughly re-examined. The book offers a wide range of autonomous socio-philosophical conceptual and ethical takes on the contemporary issues drawn from the transhumanist repertoire, some of which are considered quite contentious. This is a book on philosophical Transhumanism and its conceptual correlatives, Posthumanism and Humanism, displayed in high variety of their multiple arrangements. It is written from the perspective of a sui generis metahumanist reasoning, a position that provides an in(ter)dependent horizon that neither uncritically celebrates the most controversial transhumanist ideas nor simply rejects them on the basis of mere neophobia and/or indisputable conservative morality. </em></p> Aleksandar Talovic Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1491 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Posthumanisms beyond Disciplines https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1510 <p><em>Posthumanism and its core ideas have been spreading in different parts of the world and in various areas of human interest as a response to the multi-faceted problems human and more-than-human worlds are facing. While scholars such as Stacy Alaimo, Karen Barad, Rosi Bradoitti, Donna Haraway, Katherine Hayles, and Cary Wolfe led Posthumanism as a distinct literary and philosophical movement in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, it is rooted in postmodern thinking and its criticism of modernity and humanism, as seen in Ihab Hassan’s work. The human-centric subjectivity of modernity and its logocentricity found its climax in the Enlightenment, which paved the way for the Industrial Revolution in the following century. Through colonialism, modernity and its ideals have become global phenomena, as indigenous cultures have been subsumed under modernity’s principles, and some have gradually disappeared as a consequence. Those who have survived became exotic objects for the modern gaze.</em></p> Sumeyra Buran Utku, Cagdas Dedeoglu, Pelin Kümbet, Yunus Tuncel Copyright (c) 2021 Journal of Posthumanism https://journals.tplondon.com/jp/article/view/1510 Sat, 08 May 2021 00:00:00 +0000