Post Humanist Politics

Term: Spring 2013

Subject Code: GPOL

Course Number: 6449

This course surveys a series of challenges to liberal humanism, which
tend to get loosely grouped under posthumanism. We start with a short
set of readings about how the human is politically defined in the
current international landscape (as political subject of rights and
object of humanitarian intervention; as biological species; and as
calculating economic actor). The rest of the course considers a series
of challenges to humanism in practice and theory, ranging from new
materialisms to interspecies perspectives, from cyborg citizenship to
animal rights, focusing on how these emergent ideas and practices are
changing the political.


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