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Challenging Binaries in Posthuman Worlds

An Analysis of Lu Yang's The Great Adventure of Material World

Jori Snels

, the conversations he has with other characters, and the insights he gains from those experiences about the nature of the self and the world. In this article, I use visual and discourse analysis and a posthuman framework to study how The Great

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Posthuman Prehistory

Tim Ingold

preparation for history—or what came to be known as prehistory —was thus a direct precipitate of Enlightenment humanism. Yet many contemporary scholars proclaim the days of humanism to be over or at least numbered. We are entering, they say, a new era of post-humanity

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Humans “in the Loop”?

Human-Centrism, Posthumanism, and AI

Nandita Biswas Mellamphy

reconstituting human interests in ways that exceed the anthropocentric frame itself” ( Krause 2016: 6 ). Posthumanism, I argue, provides a strong theoretical basis reimagining alternative ethical constructs and frameworks. I adopt Maria Puig de la Bellacasa

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Toward an Ecology of Disentanglement

Jozef Keulartz

, mainly destructive, impact on the earth. Just think of climate change and biodiversity loss. The best-known movements within Anthropocene thinking are ecomodernism and posthumanism. Ecomodernism distances itself from the doom and gloom of the old nature

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Non-normative Bodies, Queer Identities

Marginalizing Queer Girls in YA Dystopian Literature

Miranda A. Green-Barteet and Jill Coste

to an arranged, dynastic marriage. Here, fulfillment of queer sexual desire leads directly back to the status quo. Greta's choice to become AI is most problematic. Her choice diminishes queerness through a posthuman saving-the-world trope

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The Return of the Animal

Posthumanism, Indigeneity, and Anthropology

Danielle DiNovelli-Lang

The vectors by which the question of the animal has confronted the discipline of anthropology are both diverse—from paleoarchaeological fascination with the transition from ape to man to sociocultural accounts of human-animal conflict—and fraught insofar as they tend to loop back into one another. For instance, while posthumanism is intellectually novel, to take its line of critique seriously is to recognize that the science of man has depended on the philosophical animal from the start. A still tighter loop could be drawn around Lévi-Strauss's foundational interest in animal symbolism and the Amazonian ontologies undergirding Latour's amodern philosophy. Three related interdependencies pull hard on these loops: 1) philosophy and anthropology; 2) the human and the animal; 3) modernity and indigeneity. This last interdependency is notably undertheorized in the present efflorescence of human-animal scholarship. This article attends to some of the consequences of modernity/indigeneity's clandestine operations in the literature.

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Coronavirus, Democracy and the Challenges of Engaging a Planetary Order

Milja Kurki

might engage a more “post-human” 1 and “planetary order” (as opposed to continuing to advance an unchanged “liberal world order”). In this planetary context, we may come to see democracy and “the human” as embedded in complex ecological systems and

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“Text-as-Means” versus “Text-as-End-in-Itself”

Some Reasons Why Literary Scholars Have Been Slow to Hop on the Mobilities Bus

Lynne Pearce

offer for why literary scholarship—including the “text-as-means” model outlined above—sits somewhat uncomfortably alongside a good deal of post-NMP research is the latter's avowed posthumanist standpoint. While posthumanism also figures as an important

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Queer Sinofuturism

The Aberrant Movements and Posthumanist Mutations of Body, Identity, and Matter in Lu Yang's Uterus Man

Gabriel Remy-Handfield

surrealistic, grotesque, kitschy, humorous, and colorful—simultaneously shock and intrigue. The majority of the artist's films and installations explore a posthuman world where he “dramatizes the transformation of human bodies through their connection to non

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An Otaku with Chinese Characteristics?

Localizing Japanese ACG Currents in Lu Yang's The Beast

Fred Shan

“How Could This Possibly Be Chinese Art?” In his single-channel video, The Beast (2012), Lu Yang conjures a cyberpunk vision of posthuman transformation through technologically induced body modifications. The film opens with a lonesome