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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."
 
Gilbert Simondon’s Philosophy of Technology: A Blueprint for A Posthuman Society
Author : Jae-hee Kim
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2017
Seventh publication in the Posthuman Studies Series. The author’s aim is to bring attention to Simondon’s philosophy of technology, conceived in 1950s and 60s before the widespread use of the internet, yet fully relevant to the era of high-tech information technology. Simondon’s theories can be used as a blueprint for the imminent arrival of the posthuman society. According to Simondon, the imagined fear of being dominated by machines far superior to humans and the numerous problems inherent to technological development including alienation are all misled conclusions stemming from the inability to properly understand the mode of existence of technological objects and our badly suited relationship with these objects.

The author analyzes and illustrates Simondon’s lessons on the cooperative relationship between man and technology through discussions of existence, invention, politics, aesthetics, and posthumanism. In this publication, the theories of Simondon competes with the critical attitudes of Heidegger, Marcuse, and Ellul; his understanding of labor and invention overlaps with that of Bergson and Marx; his views provide a new understanding of humanism together with Deleuze, Guattari, and Latour.
 
My Mother Was a Computer
Author : N. Katherine Hayles (Translation: Kyung-ran Lee, Eun-ju Song)
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2016
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.
 
Natural-born Cyborgs
Author : Andy Clark (Translation: Sang-gyu Shin)
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2015
Fourth publication in the Posthuman Studies Series. According to author Andy Clark, we are all cyborgs from the moment of birth. Think of ourselves in our glasses, sipping on coffee, searching Google on our smartphones. Since mankind began to make use of fire and tools, man has never been defined by a naturally endowed mind or body. Clark believes the acts of sketching, taking memos, searching Google, and using smartphones are all artificial ways of expanding our minds.
The use of tools or resources has been pivotal to mankind’s technological solution to survival and reproduction. Technology has also been the driving force behind the growth of culture. In this sense, it has proved itself fundamental to what we categorize and define as human potential. The co-existence of man and technology is the most basic characteristic of humanity, a result of which is our very existence as combined beings of biological bodies and technology. For Clark, technology was no less than man’s second instinct which explains his argument that the difference between a biological body reliant on glasses and smartphones and a cyborg hooked up to machines hardly lies in species or type, but merely in degree.
 
Art in the Age of the Posthuman
Author : Hye-sook Jeon
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2015
Fifth publication in the Posthuman Studies Series. This edition explores the art trends dealing with the posthuman and posthumanism. The key focus is on transformative body art and bioart as new forms of art that culminated from advances in medical technology and genetic engineering.

Art in the Age of the Posthuman consists of three main chapters. The first explains the meaning of the posthuman and posthumanism and attempts to capture the changes in today’s understanding of mankind adopted by artists. The second chapter deals with the posthuman aspects of the body found in contemporary art. Then by exploring body discourse and body art that dominated after the late 20th century, the chapter explains the historical context and significance underlying the work of artists.

The third chapter focuses on bioart, an art form that makes use of bioengineering technology. The chapter delves into the significance of the Human Genome Project, the international endeavor to identify and map every human gene, and explains the history and range of bioart. The characteristics of bioart as a breathing and live medium is also introduced.
 
The Posthuman
Author : Rosi Braidotti / (translated by) Kyung-Ran Lee
Publisher : Acanet
Date : 2015
"The Posthuman" offers both an introduction and major contribution to contemporary debates on the posthuman. Digital 'second life', genetically modified food, advanced prosthetics, robotics and reproductive technologies are familiar facets of our globally linked and technologically mediated societies. This has blurred the traditional distinction between the human and its others, exposing the non-naturalistic structure of the human.
 

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