Dr. Margrit Shildrick, Linkoeping University, Sweden (webpage)

'Why should our Bodies end at the Skin?: Technologies, Boundaries and Embodiment

Thursday, February 12, 7:30 pm
Room 105, Scott House, Traill College

presented by the Cultural Studies Ph.D. Program and the Centre for Theory, Culture and Politics.

In the era of postmodernity, issues of bodies and technologies increasingly challenge not only the normative performance of the human subject, but also the very boundaries of what counts as human. Where in the past, the term prosthesis intended some material object that compensated for a substantive  and negatively figured  lack in embodiment, the emphasis now is firmly on enhancement and supplement. For many disabled people – whose interface with the world may rely to a greater or lesser extent on the deployment of prostheses – the mode of rehabilitation to normative practices is no longer the point; instead prostheses may be highly productive alternatives that inevitably queer experience itself. Going further, the notion of technological supplementarity can be transformed to encompass an understanding of embodiment as necessarily entailing assemblage - in both organic, non-organic and hybrid forms – as a mode of existence that troubles our human privilege.

Margrit Shildrick is Professor of Gender and Knowledge Production at Linköping University, and Adjunct Professor of Critical Disability Studies at York University, Toronto. Her research covers postmodern feminist and cultural theory, bioethics, critical disability studies and body theory. Her major research centres on the intersection of postmodernism and bioethics, particularly in relation to organ transplantation, and in the use of various forms of prostheses.
Her books include Leaky Bodies and Boundaries: Feminism, (Bio)ethics and Postmodernism (1997), Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self (2002) and Dangerous Discourses of Disability, Sexuality and Subjectivity (2009).


John Fekete Distinguished Lecture

November 13, 2014

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun,

Professor and Chair, Modern Culture and Media,

Brown University

New Media: Paradoxes and Habits

Professor Chun brings an interdisciplinary background in Systems Design Engineering (B.Sc. Waterloo) and English Literature (MA and PhD, Princeton) to her work in digital media. She is the author of Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT Press, 2011) and Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT Press, 2006), as well as the co-editor of Race as Technology, special issue of Camera Obscura 24 (2009), with Lynne Joyrich and New Media, Old Media: A History and Theory Reader (Routledge, 2006), with Thomas Keenan. Her current work, which she will discuss in her talk, focuses on what she calls “the paradoxical remains of new media.”

Thursday, November 13 - 7:30 p.m.

Bagnani Hall, Traill College

Free public lecture, reception to follow


Public Talk and Book Launch by Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo

Cultural Studies Doctoral Program with University of Regina Press



Public Talk and Book Launch by Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo


October 02, 2014 : 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Ramin Jahanbegloo will give a public talk and launch his book Time will say Nothing: A Philosopher Survives an Iranian Prison.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. All Welcome.

Location: Bagnani Hall, Traill College