In the last post I was talking about the congress where our crew are going to present two communications. I want to remember the Congress is titled Affection, Body and Politics and you can still register in order to assist as a hearer. In that post, I named one of the communications we are going to carry out, particularly the one I am the speaker related with a new conception of body different to the Foucaultian’ conception and intimately linked with the new outbreaks and pandemics.
Actualliy, Stephen Hawking advised it with his popular quote "For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk "
The current post is going to be about the second one communication we are going to release, this one will be presented by my mate and friend, Marco Maureira and, although the research line is the same as the last one, Marco will resume Focault to point out some ideas about body, bios, and technology.
In fact, this communication is called “We Always were Cyborg, re-thinking life/re-thinking corporeality”. I cannot facilitate slides as the last time I have done, but I want to try give some main ideas of this work:
Beginning with some quick and brief concepts of our most remotely anthropology, we want to problematize the idea that Cyborg, as we understand it in the daily life, is a mistaken conception. This is because the cyborg-body doesn’t begin at the middle of XX Century, when humankind invented computers, DNAs intervention, bionics, etc. but we always were cyborg is to say that techné, as Agamben or Haraway explains, was always with us, defining how and who we are.
Then, we will offer some points that support this theory, basing on anthropological studies and the Heiddegerian theories, understanding language as one of this technés that have allowed people along History to begin (in the Deleuzian sense) all of that we are currently.
Do we are truly evolving? and, in this case, there is some historical and taken-for-granted conceptions we have to change about it?
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