Critical posthumanism can be understood as the discourse that deconstructively inhabits humanism and critiques its anthropocentrism. It works both genealogically – in historicising the contemporary figure of the posthuman – and speculatively – in imagining, analysing and evaluating scenarios of humanity’s perceived exceptionalism, challenges, or ends. It thus critically engages with unsettling anticipations of the future, provides timely critiques of the present and produces rewritings and alternative narratives with a postanthropocentric or nonhuman dimension. Critical posthumanism’s concerns typically embrace the impacts of bio- and digital technology; ecological crises; the development of artificial intelligence; more-than-human ethics; politics and justice and their interdisciplinary debate within the new or posthumanities.
Critical Posthumanisms is a series addressing all the above. It publishes cutting-edge monographs and edited collections focusing on the rise of posthumanism and its forms, perspectives and directions. It makes available studies by scholars whose perspectives on the posthuman, nonhuman or more-than-human vary in important and interesting ways, and should serve as a crucial point of reference for anybody working within the field.
Books within the series provide:
- inter- or multidisciplinary takes on posthumanism, the posthuman, nonhuman or more-than-human, particularly those allowing the new humanities or posthumanities to critically engage with areas like artificial intelligence, biotechnology, virtual reality, climate change, geo-engineering, etc.;
- analyses of the histories, genealogies, idioms, and canons of different posthumanisms and discussions of the main sources, thinkers and trends of posthumanism;
- alternative formulations of posthumanism, which problematise the centrality of technology;
- philosophical and political critiques of the prosthesisation, enhancement, transformation or transcendence of the human or nonhuman;
- investigations into the role and future of fictional and speculative discourses in literature, film, art, performance, media and science involving scenarios of posthumanisation (or becoming-other-than-human).
Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to the publisher at BRILL, Christa Stevens.
Manuscripts for this series should eventually follow MHRA style, and preferably use UK spelling.
Ivan Callus, University of Malta, Malta
Stefan Herbrechter, Heidelberg University, Germany
Louis Armand, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and University of New England, US
Ruben Borg, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Megen de Bruin-Molé, Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, UK
Marija Grech, University of Malta, Malta
Laurent Milesi, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Christopher J. Muller, Macquarie University, Australia
Manuela Rossini, University of Basel, Switzerland
Joe Tabbi, University of Bergen, Norway
Pieter Vermeulen, KU Leuven, Belgium
Sherryl Vint, University of California, Riverside, US
Neil Badmington, Cardiff University, UK
Jonathan Boulter, Western University, Canada
Marco Caracciolo, Ghent University, Belgium
David Cecchetto, York University, Canada
Christine Daigle, Brock University, Canada
Richard Iveson, University of Queensland, Australia
Susan McHugh, University of New England, USA
Florian Mussgnug, University College, London, UK
Pramod Nayar, University of Hyderabad, India
Karen Raber, University of Mississippi, USA
Danielle Sands, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
Debra Shaw, University of East London, UK
Joanna Zylinska, King's College London, UK