Queer Robotics: Cyborgs in Science Fiction & Anthropology|
|Course Cluster: Queer Studies|
What do representations of robots and cyborgs in popular film, sci-fi literature, and cultural anthropology tell us about gender, sexuality, race, and what it means to be "human"? In this class we will use critical race studies, queer and feminist theory, disability studies, and science and technology studies (STS) to analyze representations of "cyborg" bodies in speculative fiction and ethnography. Our case examples explore the politics of the body through narratives of military research, artificial intelligence, sex work, urbanism and segregation, biotech research, prosthetics and athleticism, new reproductive technologies, and more. We will engage with poetry, film, visual art, and speculative fiction to explore how bodies are dreamed, crafted, and represented.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings: Ashby, Madeline. 2012. vN. New York: Angry Robot Press (Penguin Random House). All other readings will be posted on Moodle.
Films: All films will be provided in class.
|Examination and Assignments: |
6 short reading responses, small group presentation and final paper Including rough draft, bibliography, and meeting with the professor.
|Instructor(s): Thakor,Mitali Times: .M.W... 02:50PM-04:10PM; Location: BOGH115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 15||SR major: 8||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: -1||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 1||SO: 0||FR: X|