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The body and technology

Telo in tehnologija

Course credits:

6.00 ECTS / 60 (30 hours of lectures, 0 hours of exercises, 30 hours of seminars, 0 hours other forms of work)

Course holder:

doc. dr. Eva Vrtačič


Elective - expert




Second semester

Study degree

1. level

    Course execution:

  • Undergraduate Programme of Cultural studies - Studies of Culture and Creativity

Short content

The course provides insight into the ways the body generates meanings, how it acts, and how it is acted upon by social forces. A short genealogy of modern Western body is given, as well as a critical analysis of key theorizations that have constructed the body as a concept. The body is interpreted as marked, modified, and colonized by the subject, culture and capital, but also as one of the last possible sites of resistance and subversion. Through the pursuit of understanding of the body as a machine the ambivalent relationship between the body and technology is analyzed. It is explained through the metaphor of the cyborg, the concept of biopolitics, as well as via insight into the biomedical expectations on body management, techno-body policies and the construction of otherness. The intersections of the body and technology are critically analyzed, in particular by employing the phenomenological paradigm. Topics: the body, technology, corporeality, embodiment.

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