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Fall 2018

Corporeal Techniques and Technologies

Techne, the ancient Greek term for art, artifice, craft, and skill, broadly designates systems, methods, practices and techniques of making or doing. Often translated as “know-how,” it locates knowledge production in corporeal techniques and technologies and helps us to think beyond cognitive, epistemological and disciplinary models grounded in mind-body dualisms. A wide range of scholarship across the disciplines deploys techneas a methodological tool to explore the cultural and historical manifestations, transformations and extensions of bodymind through techniques and technologies, including “techniques of the body” (Mauss), “habitus” (Bourdieu), the “history of manners” (Elias), “enskillment” (Ingold), ecological and technological “affordances” (Gibson), “bodily technologies” (Downey), the gendered and racialized body as a “cyborg” (Haraway) or “archive” (Fuentes), and “distributed cognitive ecologies” (Tribble) that extend across boundaries of brain, body, systems, instruments, objects, and material practices. This semester, we trace the past, present, and potential futures of our biotechnological age, and the new forms of post-human technicity prompting us to rethink the shifting boundaries of human and non-human embodiment, what counts as a “body,” how bodies make, move, act, feel, perceive, communicate, record, etc., as well as new forms of bodily inscription, modification, prosthesis, distribution and extension.