Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, by Anneke Smelik, Nina Lykke

By Anneke Smelik, Nina Lykke

Because international battle II, the organic and technological were fusing and merging in new methods, leading to the lack of a transparent contrast among the 2. This entanglement of biology with expertise isn't new, however the pervasiveness of that integration is outstanding, as is the rate at which the 2 were merging in fresh a long time. As this strategy permeates extra of way of life, the pressing necessity arises to reconsider either biology and know-how. certainly, the human physique can now not be appeared both as a bounded entity or as a certainly given and distinctive a part of an unquestioned whole."Bits of Life" assumes a post-human definition of the physique. it truly is grounded in questions on today's biocultures, which pertain neither to humanist physically integrity nor to the anthropological assumption that human our bodies are the one ones that subject. Editors Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke relief in mapping adjustments and differences and in amazing a center highway among the metaphor and the cloth. In exploring present reconfigurations of our bodies and embodied matters, the members pursue a technophilic, but serious, course whereas articulating new and punctiliously appraised moral criteria. Anneke Smelik is professor of visible tradition on the Radboud collage of Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Nina Lykke is professor of gender reviews, Linkoeping collage, Sweden, and head of the Nordic examine institution in Interdisciplinary Gender reports.

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On the other hand, one of the strengths of anthropology was that it tended to render strange (“other”) precisely those features of Western culture that are often naturalized. Moreover, critical perspectives, including those associated with feminism, generated a distancing within studies of science and technology. Interestingly, such “othering” of science and medicine has been problematized in some recent critical technoscience studies research (Mol 2003). Feminist anthropological science studies emerged as part of a reflexive turn in the discipline itself.

Science traditionally has been seen as a framework for knowledge production, and this feature predominates in the history of social studies of science. In many respects, cultural studies of science have pushed beyond the cognitive dimensions of science. The interest in science fiction and the various detailed research projects about science and technology in everyday life, tracked above, are indicative of this push. Science fiction explores dreams and nightmares around science and technology in the modern world.

The three recent definitions of cultural studies of science cited here are indicative of the instability of and diversity in this field. I have chosen them because they illustrate three key dimensions of cultural studies of technoscience: epistemology, methodology, and disciplinarity/transdisciplinarity. It is not my intention to adjudicate these definitions but instead to register the uncertainty about the doing of cultural studies of technoscience, and the profound dimensions of the questioning that this list suggests.

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