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The Posthumanism Research Team at EIH understands the significance of the rapidly changing nature of technology and the ways it impacts human understanding. It therefore maintains a critical viewpoint on both the unchecked optimism over developments in science and technology, and anti-scientific metaphysics. For the Posthumanism Research Team, the goal is to increasingly blur the academic boundaries between philosophy, cultural sociology, art history, and the history of media and technology. Such interdisciplinary efforts are part of the Society's larger aim to seek a paradigm in humanities that better suits the conditions of a new mankind. The Posthuman Studies Series reflect the research achievements of the Society in their topics of expertise which range from "subjectivity as a process," "biotechnology and the physicality of the posthuman," "digital media and Homo Sentiens (the emotional species)," and "in-between beings and polyphonic subjectivity."
 
My Mother Was a Computer
Author : N. Katherine Hayles (Translation: Kyung-ran Lee, Eun-ju Song)
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2016
 
Explanation
Hayles is a Duke University literature professor, best known for How We Became Posthuman published in 1999. With advanced degrees in both chemistry and English literature, her background as a literary critic and scholar of humanities is far from conventional. In How We Became Posthuman, she traced the growth of cybernetics from the mid 20th century and criticized what she observed to be the disembodied version of the posthuman. With the publication of My Mother Was a Computer 6 years later in 2005, Hayles argues that the interaction between the liberal humanist subject and the posthuman has become a thing of the past, and that the discussion points of the 21st century have shifted from rising tension between liberal humanist traditions and the posthuman to different versions of the posthuman as they continue to evolve alongside intelligent machines. Computer technology has taken deeper roots within society’s infrastructure, and the 21st century is witnessing technologies regarding the economy, manufacturing, transportation, and communication closely integrated into a tightly knit global network. This level of complexity is not likely to be explained by a binary understanding that divides disembodied information from the life of the embodied human.
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감사의 글 
프롤로그: 계산하는 친족 

1부 만들기: 언어와 코드 
1 상호매개: 텍스트성과 계산 체제 
2 말하기, 글쓰기, 코드: 세 가지 세계관 
3 정보의 꿈: 세 권의 소설에서 신체의 탈출과 구속 

2부 저장하기: 인쇄와 전자 텍스트 
4 매체 번역하기 
5 수행적 코드와 수사적 언어: 닐 스티븐슨의 『크립토노미콘』 
6 셸리 잭슨의 『패치워크 소녀』의 명멸하는 연결성 

3부 전송하기: 아날로그와 디지털 
7 행위자의 가면 벗기기: 스타니스와프 렘의 「가면」 
8 시뮬레이팅 내러티브: 가상 생명체는 우리에게 무엇을 가르쳐 줄 수 있는가 
9 주관적 우주론과 계산 체제: 그렉 이건 소설의 상호매개 

에필로그: 재귀와 창발 

주석 
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