Centre for Women’s and Gender Research
Open seminar

Gendered/racialized technologies of (post)human futures

Talk by Neda Atanasoski, University of California Santa Cruz, and comments by Kari Jegerstedt and Anders Rubing, both SKOK,


Title of Nedas talk: Surrogate Humanity: Race, Robots and the Politics of Technological Future

Based on Neda Atanasoski and Kalindi Vora's co-authored book, “Surrogate Humanity,” this talk elaborates what we call the surrogate human effect in the engineering, political, and cultural imaginaries behind recent developments in social, industrial, and military robotics. We extend a critical ethnic studies analytic to include the raced and gendered social relations between bodies, both machine and human, that are not recognizably racialized. We argue that these relations, too, are part of the fabric of racial liberalism in which practices of reducing the humanity of (racialized) others functions to prop up our recognition of what counts as human, and what makes us feel human. Tracking the surrogate human effect allows us to expose how a seemingly neutral technological modernity is in fact infused with the racial, gender, and sexual politics of political modernity, based as they are in racial slavery, colonial conquest and genocide. INfm

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Title of Karis talk: Sex and Subjectivity in the Age of the Brain; Philosophical and Aesthetic Imaginariesof (Post)Human Futures in Light of Neuro-Technologies

The talk will introduce the BRAIN-SEX project that proposes to analyze current 'neuroimaginaries' within and surrounding new sciences and technologies of the brain, and their importance for understanding human subjectivity. The neurosciences and new technologies of the brain are becoming more and more influential in our time, not only within research communities and scientific discourses but also in everyday life and public debates. Our era can be characterized as one in which personhood has become brainhood, and the subject a 'cerebral subject'. BRAIN-SEX will perform critical engagements with the consequences of this development through philosophical and aesthetic analyses of AI, trans gender figurations and new self-help technologies.

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Title of Anders Rubings talk: Infrastructures of security and resilience. 

Rubing unpacks how visions of different urban futures are produced by urban security- and resilience-discourses. Urban resilience understood as the potential for an urban system to bounce back or evolve after a crisis or attack. The project is looking at how urban resilience and security is discussed in national and international conferences and convention and how the discourse between practitioners, academics, and policymakers can be productive of different visions of an urban future. At the project's core is how these urban futures are affecting populations rendered vulnerable, such as migrant groups and gendered and racialized groups.

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