LV-Nummer 3131 L 061
Gesamt-Lehrleistung - UE
Semester SoSe 2021
Ansprechpartner Christensen, Michelle
Conradi, Florian
Verantwortlich Christensen, Michelle
Conradi, Florian
Zugeordnet zu Technische Universität Berlin
↳ Fakultät I
    ↳ Institut für Philosophie, Literatur-, Wissenschafts- und Technikgeschichte
        ↳ 31319201 FG Open Science
Label Fachübergreifendes Studium Politik und Technik Fachübergreifendes Studium Kultur und Technik Fachübergreifendes Studium Geschlechterverhältnis und Technik Fachübergreifendes Studium Mensch und Maschine
Sprache Englisch

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12.04.2021 - 18.04.2021(SW 1)

Block Seminar: Bodies in Transit – Performing Critique (English / 4 SWS / 5 ECTS)

Dates: 20.-24.09.2021, 10:00-16:00 / 27.-29.09.2021, 10:00-16:00

Introduction: 20.09.2021 at 10:00 via Zoom

Registration: Please register by the 01.06.2021 to and

Participants: Max. 15 participants



Bodies have always been in a constant state of material and discursive transition. From medical to DIY body augmentation, from meticulous self-tracking to life-mining mass-quantification of (bio)data, and from intimate lived reality to mythical metaphor, the body currently exists as a hyper-connected site of contestation and power plays. It can be understood as something that gets updated, altered, needs maintenance and sometimes breaks down and gets rebooted. As something that is not fixed, something collective and transforming, always in flux – as a site of negotiation.

Donna Haraway’s well-known feminist allegory of the ‘cyborg’ from 1985 already inserted an oppositional consciousness at the heart of the debate on new technological bodies and societies, questioning power relations and the making of ethical and political resistance in the age of an informatics of domination. In the ambiguity of the natural and artificial, self-developing and externally designed, Haraway proposes the potential of strategically confusing identities. We are all chimeras, she argued, fabricated hybrids of machine and organism – and should take pleasure in the confusion of boundaries.

In this block-seminar we will discover and debate the topic of performing bodies as a site of confusion, negotiation and of critique. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective on the politics and technologies of bodies in transit with a focus on ‘automation’ versus ‘autonomy’, we will discover real-world phenomena and engage personally with the technological systems in which we are embedded and embodied. Drawing on approaches of critical making and designing, as well as feminist and queer theory – we will (ad hoc) prototype concepts for performing bodies differently (no prior experience with design or technology necessary).

This block seminar is open to students of all disciplines at all Berlin universities in the framework of a free elective. TU Berlin: Fachübergreifendes Studium; Lehrveranstaltungen für alle Studierenden der Fakultät; BA-Studiengänge Kultur und Technik Freier Wahlbereich; Geistes- und bildungswissenschaftliche Masterstudiengänge Freier Wahlbereich.