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Zoë Sofoulis

Cyborgs and Other Hybrids.
The Human, the Non-Human and the Sociotechnical

Many readers of Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto have celebrated the cyborg as a kind of post-human subject. From the point of view of Bruno Latour’s actor-network theory it is possible to read the cyborg simply as another hybrid sociotechnical entity. Latour’s notions of the agency of non-humans are helpful (not to mention important background for Haraway) but are problematic in the way they conceive of non-human actors in terms that enshrine a certain humanist notion of a “fully-fledged” subject. This lecture will argue that instead of leaping from the “non-human” to “post-human” we could use a better worked out account of prelinguistic modes of human subjectivity and agency to appreciate the relations between human and non-human actors.

Zoë Sofoulis is normally based at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, where she teaches in an interdisciplinary humanities program. This spring she is Maria-Jahoda Gastprofessor in the Institut für Film und Fernsehwissenschaft at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where she isteaching a seminar “Technology in the Feminine”. She has a long-standing interest in the non-rational (emotional, corporeal, mythic) aspects of high technologies and has published a book on gender and computer culture (Whose Second Self?, Deakin, 1993) and numerous articles on cyberculture, technology and contemporary art. She is currently researching and writing a book on different kinds of container technologies.