Natures and Cultures of Bodies (GCST5902)


This unit explores various approaches to embodiment in the wake of contemporary theories of biopolitics, or the politics of life. The body is approached as an object of knowledge and power, as always implicated with technologies, as an organisation of affects and a medium of experimentation. Beginning with Foucault's work on sexuality, we consider various approaches that address the changing natures and cultures of bodies. We also develop ways of accounting for the action of nonhuman actors in forms of activity in which humans participate. The unit combines theoretical reflection with case studies of bodily practices, cultures, subcultures and technologies.

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1x2-hr seminar/week


1x4000-5000wd (case studies) (90%) and in-class presentation (10%)

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