“Feeling lurks in that interval of time between desire and its consummation. Shorten that interval, break down all those old unnecessary barriers.” —Aldous Huxley, Brave New World *** BY MICHAEL HAWORTH In 2016 Amazon introduced a new range of products called Dash Buttons. These are pocket-sized internet-enabled interfaces consisting simply of one button mapped to … More From Amazon’s Dash Button to Google Glass: Is there no limit to the capabilities of today’s radical neurotechnologies?
It is no easy task to pick particular recommendations among the books you work with. We think all of the books that we have published this year are pretty fantastic. These stood out to us in different ways and for different reasons. We present them here as our first Staff Book Picks of the Year. … More 2013 Staff Book Picks, Part 1
BY RON BROGLIOAssistant professor of English and senior scholar of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University I sat down to write this blog entry but the day got away from me. The morning began with me discussing the death of a beached whale with an artist working on the grammars of touch … More Writing amid the difficulty of reality
Of course it did. A fabulous, ironic example of what can happen when form meets content, as posted by a friend of the Press who teaches Donna Haraway’s When Species Meet.
The New Yorker’s Frames from Fiction blog this week features a brief slideshow on the publication’s research of recent work in photography in relation to Karen Russell’s fiction story, “The Dredgeman’s Revelation.” Of the 8 photos featured and discussed, one—the second—is the photo that appears on the cover of What Is Posthumanism? by Cary Wolfe, … More In The New Yorker — this image look familiar?
From today’s Slog: The Slog then links to this piece by Charles Stivale that discusses Deleuze’s dislike of domestic animals and his unique fascination with ticks, spiders and fleas. Because it is a somewhat rare occasion when a mainstream blog quotes Deleuze, we thought we would take the opportunity to mention a forthcoming title in … More Deleuze on dogs (hates ’em) and bugs (loves ’em)
Cary Wolfe is Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English at Rice University. He is author of What Is Posthumanism? (2009), the 8th installment in UMP’s Posthumanities Series. His previous books include Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the “Outside” and Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory, and … More Cary Wolfe: What Is Posthumanism?
The University of New England’s Center for Global Humanities has released video of an important lecture on animal studies, titled “Narrating Companion Species,” by Susan McHugh. McHugh is an associate professor of English at UNE who studies literary, visual and scientific stories of animals. Her book Animal Narratives: Forms of Species and Social Agency is … More Narrating Companion Species
John Protevi, a professor of French studies at Louisiana State University, is author of Political Affect: Connecting the Social and the Somatic, which is the 7th installment in the University of Minnesota Press’s Posthumanities series. In this book, Protevi applies his concept of political affect to show how unconscious emotional valuing shaped three events: the … More Author Q&A: On Gilles Deleuze, philosophical tools, and "Political Affect"
The Chronicle of Higher Ed has put together a piece on the emerging academic field of animal studies, which “has become a force to be reckoned with in philosophy, literary and cultural studies, history, and other fields with a traditionally humanistic bent.” The article quotes University of Minnesota Press author, Rice University professor and leading … More The Question of the Animal