Presentation Title: Symbionts, Cyborgs, and Other Companions
Section: New Media For Connecting Across Boundaries IV
Location: , 303
Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:50pm - 4:05pm
In a series of creative pieces, both personal essay and short fiction, I examine human symbioses with animals. Using language as an avenue to unpack meaning, I study human participation in mutualism, parasitism, and other forms of symbiotic â€œliving togetherâ€ with non-human animals. The pieces are concerned with how the scientific informs the cultural, and with how our understanding of our natural interspecific relationships can inform our rapidly evolving definition of life in an era of cyborgs and automatons. I draw from my experience studying and living in Madagascar, as well as observations of Western culture, history, and literature and the way we have come understand our own humanity. Ultimately, this work aims to challenge how we use animals to define ourselves as distinctly human.
Type of Presentation: Individual oral
Presentation Area: Environmental Studies
Number of presenters:
Presenter(s): Anderson, Katherine Eads (Katie)
Major(s): Environmental Studies with Literature Focus
Class Year(s): 2013
Sponsor(s): Brayton, Daniel G.
Dept(s): Environmental Studies