Politics, Identity, and Resistance - The Transhuman Condition

CLLC-L 120 / CLASS 41935 — Fall 2021

Location
Foster-Martin FQ012a
Days and Times
M/W 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., 3 credits
Course Description

Is a sustainable future a human future? Transhumanism says no, humans are too limited to create a sustainable future. Therefore, we should transcend human limitations through technology, and become like gods. Anti-natalists also reject a human future, advocating that humans should voluntarily go extinct to allow the possibility of a sustainable future for other beings. Rejecting both proposals, Humanism insists that we can live sustainably while remaining human. These three approaches are not thought experiments detached from history and lived experience, in our course we will learn about real communities working toward technological transcendence, voluntary extinction, and harmonious co-existence. Governments, giant corporations, and wealthy executives do not have exclusive control over life-changing technologies. Our course will center the work of Black, disabled, queer, trans, and punk creators and critics while focusing on the proposition that if humanity has a sustainable future, it will be by becoming Transhuman.

Instructor: Jacob Boss

Collins Seminars: Selected by Board of Educational Programming (BOEP)