Sex in the Machine
This course will explore feminist and queer perspectives on technology and digital media. What is the relationship between our views on technology and our views on bodies? We will move from existentialist inquiry into the question of woman, through theories of social construction of identities and gender performativity, to science and technology studies’ investigation of nonreproductive sexualities revolving around key tropes of cyborg, body modification, prosthetic, and posthuman. We will read critical essays by Beauvoir, Spillers, Parisi, Terranova, Butler, Cheah, Barad, Mahmood, Sedgwick, Clough, Haraway, Pitts, Sobchak, Hayles. We will also look at a small selection of literature, film, and art/design that provoke deeper inquiry into our key topics.