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Posthuman Aesthetics 

A research project on the posthuman in art and literature

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 former research project led by Professor Jacob Wamberg and Professor Mads Rosendahl Thomsen from September 2014 to August 2017. The project was made possible by a grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research.

NB: as Posthuman Aesthetics has come to an end, this website is no longer being updated. However, the site is kept open for those interested in reading about the project, the people involved and some of their publications


Pernille Leth-Espensen, Researcher, School of Communication and Culture - Aesthetics and Culture
Mads Rosendahl Thomsen, Professor, School of Communication and Culture - Comparative Literature


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.