Saturday - Sunday
3 Oct - 4 Oct 2015
Professor of Feminist Studies, Philosophy, and History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz
Chancellor’s Professor of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley
Organized by the graduate students of UC Berkeley’s Department of Rhetoric
Anthony Hall, University of California, Berkeley
The debate about the human has long haunted the humanities. Humanism since antiquity has sought to define human nature’s essence while concomitantly situating the human being at the center of the universe as the “measure of all things.” This conference considers the fate of the human in the age of transhumanist intersubjectivity—signaled by the ongoing development of supplementary technologies designed to extend human capacities, such as AI and SynBio—attending to new political forms that challenge anthropocentrism and that emerge concurrently with anthropocentrism. Might inhuman conditions become the conditions of possibility for humanity? You can access the full program here.