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Posthuman Aesthetics 

A research project on the posthuman in art and literature

Call for Papers: Grand Narratives, Posthumanism and Aesthetics, 22-24 march 2017

About the project

Artificial or cloned organs, babies with multiple parents, expansion of longevity, brain-controlled remote action compensating paralysis: Biotechnology, backed up by information science, increasingly challenges what it means to be human. Evaluating the ethical perspectives, public debates still tend to stick to a static image of the human body, seeing the goal of biotechnological interventions as only alleviating deficiencies in relation to human normality. But what if these interventions are becoming so comprehensive that our notion of a shared human identity is radically transgressed – that we become posthuman?

Posthuman Aesthetics is a research project at Aarhus University made possible by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research. The project is led by Professor Jacob Wamberg and Associate Professor Mads Rosendahl Thomsen and runs for three years from September 2014 to August 2017. 

Please see more about the project, the people involved and some of their publications.

Researchers

Alexander Wilson, Postdoc, School of Communication and Culture - Comparative Literature
Jacob Wamberg, Professor, School of Communication and Culture - Art History
Johannes Poulsen, PhD Fellow, School of Communication and Culture - Comparative Literature
Laura Søvsø Thomasen, Postdoc, School of Communication and Culture - Comparative Literature
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Professor with Special Responsibilities, School of Communication and Culture - Comparative Literature
Pernille Leth-Espensen, Postdoc, School of Communication and Culture - Art History

Publications

Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Mads Rosendahl Thomsen and Jacob Wamberg (eds): The Posthuman Condition: Ethics, Aesthetics and Politics of Biotechnological Challenges. Aarhus, 2012.

Jacob Wamberg: Landscape as World PictureAarhus, 2009.

Mads Rosendahl Thomsen: The New Human in Literature: Posthuman Visions of Changes in Body, Mind and Society after 1900. London, 2013.

Events

Wed 22 Mar
09:00-18:00 | Aarhus, Denmark
Conference: Grand Narratives, Posthumanism and Aesthetics
The research project “Posthuman Aesthetics” invites proposals for its second conference: “Grand Narratives, Posthumanism, and Aesthetics”, March 22-24, 2017, at Aarhus University, Denmark.

News and blog

"Posthuman Aesthetics" Online Course Preview 6: Semi-Living Sculptures and Naked Life

2016.08.12 | Blog

 (This is a preview of one of the lectures from our open online course Posthuman Aesthetics. See more here and sign up at tdm.au.dk/open/ph/ )    In recent years, a number of artists have moved from the studio into the laboratory and are creating artworks with technologies from the natural sciences, using technologies…

"POSTHUMAN AESTHETICS" ONLINE COURSE PREVIEW 5: (DIS)EMBODIMENT and (IM)MATERIALITY

2016.08.05 | News

(This is a preview of one of the lectures from our open online course Posthuman Aesthetics. See more here and sign up at tdm.au.dk/open/ph/ )    Lecture 5, (DIS)EMBODIMENT and (IM)MATERIALITY, engages with current debates in culture, philosophy, and the field of artificial intelligence concerning the material conditions of…

"Posthuman Aesthetics" Online Course Preview 4: A Divided Humanity

2016.07.30 | Blog

 (This is a preview of one of the lectures from our open online course Posthuman Aesthetics. See more here and sign up at tdm.au.dk/open/ph/ )    Humanity as a species is divided in many ways. The average lifespan, physical well-being and the degree of access to life-enhancing technology can vary greatly from one country…

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