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ISSN (Online) 2561-4770
Published by Laurentian University Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Posthumanism

    • Authors: Alain Beaulieu, Martin Boucher, Caitlin Heppner
      Pages: 1 - 3
      PubDate: 2018-10-17
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.288
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • The Future Has Already Happened

    • Authors: Alex Levant
      Pages: 4 - 8
      Abstract: This article interrogates current conceptions of thinking machines of the future. In contrast to dystopian visions of the future, where humans become dominated by machines of their own making, I argue that this future already happened some time ago, and that we are, in fact, already living in the future that we dread might come to pass.
      PubDate: 2018-10-17
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.264
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Vulner-abilité posthumaine

    • Authors: Christine Daigle
      Pages: 9 - 13
      Abstract: Je propose de concevoir l’être humain comme transjectif : à la fois transsubjectif et transobjectif. Cela suppose de prendre en considération les enchevêtrements matériels dans lesquels nous existons. En prenant également en considération les concepts de transcorporéité et de créature bioculturelle offerts par Stacy Alaimo et Samantha Frost respectivement, nous sommes en mesure de bien comprendre les mécanismes qui sont au fondement de notre vulnérabilité. Puisque le féminisme matérialiste et la théorie des affects démontrent que notre relationalité est essentielle à notre devenir, je propose d’adopter le terme « affect—abilité » plutôt que « vulnérabilité » afin de nous éloigner des connotations négatives de ce dernier et de faciliter la reconnaissance et l’acceptation du sujet exposé, imprégné et imprégnant, que nous sommes. 
      PubDate: 2018-10-17
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.267
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Prostheticity, Disability, and Spaceflight

    • Authors: Martin Boucher
      Pages: 14 - 21
      Abstract: In this short work, the author will reflect on how we might understand the technology-subject relationship in a way that equally captures the position of the individual with a disability and that of the interplanetary astronaut. The works of Tamar Sharon in mediated posthumanism and Dan Goodley in critical disability studies will be consulted. This cursory exploration will conclude that both the astronaut and the individual with a disability are congruent posthuman subjects insofar as their relationship to technology challenges the idea of a transhumanist overcoming of human limits. Exploring this relationship can tell us something about how posthuman subjects may be understood more generally.   Critical Disability Studies, Mediated Posthumanism, Mediation, Reflexivity, Originary Prostheticity, Tamar Sharon, Dan Goodley
      PubDate: 2018-10-17
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.270
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • ‘By Means Other Than Life’

    • Authors: C. Parker Krieg
      Pages: 22 - 27
      Abstract: This essay argues that literature can help us understand posthuman dimensions of memory. Drawing on Bernard Stiegler’s philosophical anthropology of technics, and from the field of cultural memory studies, this new materialist approach challenges the conception of posthumanism that describes contemporary technologies as “transcending” the human. Rather, I maintain that an immanent perspective situates the human as already existing outside of itself, “by means other than life,” as Stiegler puts it. I illustrate this with two examples from postcolonial literature that model an affirmational approach to traumatic material history by way of texts. Instead of posing as detachment or transcendence, these metafictional references foreground present continuities with the past, recovering that which has been forgotten or repressed.
      PubDate: 2018-10-17
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.276
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Posthumanism

    • Authors: Steven Umbrello
      Pages: 28 - 32
      Abstract: Defining posthumanism as a single, well-oriented philosophy is a difficult if not impossible endeavour. Part of the reason for this difficulty is accounted by posthumanism’s illusive origins and its perpetually changing hermeneutics. This short paper gives a brief account of the ecological trend in contemporary posthumanism and provides a short prescription for the future of posthumanist literature and potential research avenues.
      PubDate: 2018-10-17
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.279
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
  • Excerpt from A Schizo-Philosopher's Colouring Book

    • Authors: Douglas Ord
      Pages: 33 - 36
      Abstract: A Schizo-Philosopher's Colouring Book is available for purchase through Guernica Editions.  This excerpt has been republished with permission from the publisher.  
      PubDate: 2018-10-20
      DOI: 10.28984/ct.v2i1.294
      Issue No: Vol. 2, No. 1 (2018)
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