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The Developing/Development Cyborg', Centre for Science Studies, STS Mixtures

Date: 13 December 2007 Time: 12:30-14:00

Centre for Science Studies STS mixtures seminar. Venue: IAS MR1

The paper takes as its starting point Donna Haraway's suggestion, "The actors are cyborg, nature is coyote, and the geography is elsewhere". It discusses first the understanding of the cyborg promoted by Haraway as illustrating an ontological non-humanist disposition, rather than a periodizing claim. The second part of the paper examines some instances of low-tech cyborgs, which have emerged in developing countries ("elsewhere") as a consequence of development initiatives. The paper argues that the quite literal attempts to develop cyborgs in such countries gives rise to developments not foreseen or controllable by the development industries. If cyborg identities are developing and minds and bodies shaped in the frictions between culture, technology, economy, and development projects and activities then what are the analytical implications? In the final part of the paper I argue that studies of development as well as cognition and embodiment would be strengthened by increasing sensitivity to cyborg subjectivities emerging in multiple "elsewheres".

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Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Science Studies, ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)

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