Forum 38: Body and Technology
The issues of techniques and the body, corporeality and technology — whether in interaction with each other or treated as separate fields — have preoccupied scholars back to the origins of anthropology as a discipline. But bodies and techniques are less often addressed together. The aim of this issue of ‘Forum’ is to stimulate among anthropologists and cultural historians a discussion about precisely this ‘knowledge gap’, and to foster critiques of the interrelationship of corporeal and technological realities, including such areas as the mechanics of technology and its instrumentalisation of the body. This might include topics such as robotisation and ‘cyborgisation’, the expansion of human capacities with the aid of new technologies, the competition between human intelligence and IT, the technological dimensions of biopolitics and biopower, new cognitive techniques such as neurohacking, and the emergence of transhuman studies.