- Code GEND6501
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Gender Studies
- Areas of interest Gender Studies, Sociology, Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course investigates the impact of technological advances on contemporary understandings (and lived experiences) of identity and the body, with a focus on biomedicine. It also examines the biopolitics of technological interventions into the human body. It understands ‘technoculture' in a broad sense to encompass the discourses, practices, representations and subjectivities (identities) enabled by the contemporary technological landscape and it examines the body as a product of these various forces.
It will investigate three major areas where technology and the human body interact:
- The biotechnical fragmentation of the human body (including organ and tissue donation and sale, IVF and related conceptive technologies).
- Body modification (cosmetic surgery, gender realignment and related surgeries).
- Psychopharmacology (SSRI anti-depressants and dance party drugs).
Linking these case studies are the following themes:
- how advances in medical technologies destabilise distinctions between categories such as the human and the machine, nature and culture, and life and death.
- how technology enables the production of new subjectivities and relationships.
- how technology is implicated in both reproducing and destabilising dominant models of sex, gender, race and identity.
- how dominant understandings of gender and sexual difference influence the development and use of technology.
- how representations of technologised bodies produce both desire and horror.
6,000 words of written assessment (2 reflective papers of 500 words,1 research essay of 5000 words) worth 90%. Seminar/online participation worth 10%.
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Workload24 hours of lectures/seminars.
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