Animality After the Body

Benjamin Haber, CUNY Graduate Center: The bounds of the human body are becoming undone. Joining feminist and queer theorists in this assessment are the world building materialities of well-financed technoscience. The flow of capital to epigenetics, nanotechnologies and in-vitro tissue engineering are profitably reconfiguring human phenomenologically based notions of cause and effect and symbiosis. New visualizing and measuring apparatuses tell us that 90% of the cells in the human body are nonhuman, and that chains of environmental influence stretch across generations. While the new queer assemblages called human offer resources for a politics of entangled life, they are more frequently called to affectivly engage a horror of beastial sociality. In this paper I look at the biopolitics of the nonhuman human body, and speculate on new ways to engage ethically with emergent populations of symbiotic humanity.

Ben–since I’m having trouble leaving a comment on the front end, I’m going through the back and leaving my comment this way. Here it is:

Ben, when I read your work I get so overwhelmed that I’ve taken a million things for granted. That’s why I’m so happy we like to collaborate. There’s so much that goes on before I even talk about animals and humans. I’m so thankful to you for bringing up all the things that you do!

-Chrissy

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  1. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing about these “visualizing apparatuses” that are making possible the seeing (and therefore believing) of the body’s “beastial sociality”. Is there a historical, or paradigm shifting component to your argument? I’m sure in many ways these technologies are new, but do the ways we read the images produced still relay on older tropes of a transparent body (van Dijck), or mechanical objectivity (Galiston)?If so, could these visual rhetorics of realness also be in the service of ethic regard for our current (or ancient?) state of entangled life?

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