Lines of Research

POST-HUMANITIES AND BIOCULTURES

Researcher in charge: Marquard Smith

Marquard Smith is currently doing research in the areas of visual culture studies; the post-humanities; bodies, technologies and sexualities in the visual, material and immaterial culture of modernity. He is a member of the project Biocultures, a research group at the University of Illinois at Chicago, that seeks to provide an intellectual space for research, conferences, intellectual exchange and diffusion of ideas around the emerging area of biocultures, defined as the activity and consolidation of ideas created when the human intersects with the technological. Along these lines, one can see the biosphere — the earth as it is affected by the human — as the adaptation of the natural to the human and biocultures as the inter-adaptation of the human to the new technologies and ways of knowing characterized by the 21st century’s attitude toward the body.

Key Concepts
Body, Technology, Sexuality, Visuality, Material Culture