‘Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities’ consists of a selection of video articles by Johanna Drucker, Mark Amerika, Erin Manning, Monika Bakke, Endre DÃ¡nyi, Lesley Gourlay, Silvio Lorusso, Niamh Moore, Karen Newman, SÃ˜ren Pold, Craig Saper, Sarah Kember, and Iris van der Tuin.
This special issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing is based on ‘Disrupting the Humanities’. This was a series of seminars exploring research and scholarship in a posthumanities context organised by the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University in the UK. Disrupting the Humanities both critically engaged with the humanist legacy of the humanities, and creatively explored alternate and affirmative possible futures for the humanities. The series was accompanied by a wiki that is still available here: http://disruptivemedia.org.uk/wiki/
‘Posthumanities: The Dark Side of “The Dark Side of the Digital”’
Adema and Hall have written a 10,000 word opening essay, discussing the conceptual premises that underly this special issue. Engaging with various discourses around the digital humanities, the essay outlines the experimental mode in which the videos included in the issue have been edited – as well as pointing to the idea of “posthuman humanities”.
A table of contents for this special issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing is provided below.
Disrupting the Humanities: Towards PosthumanitiesThe Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP)
PART ONE – Creating Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Methodologies
Part one of Disrupting the Humanities consists of a radical exploration of new posthumanist methodologies that take into account the agency of technologies and other non-human actants involved in modern forms of knowledge production.
PART TWO – Performing Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Aesthetics
Part two looks at the ways in which research is mediated and performed. It focuses on a reconsideration of the aesthetics of scholarship, including the “aesthetics of bookishness.” In doing so it investigates the potential of more post-digital, hybrid and multimodal forms of knowledge creation.
PART THREE – Circulating Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Institutions
Part three of Disrupting the Humanities provides a critical examination of how research is disseminated and shared, be it by publication to peers or to students in a pedagogical setting, or by adopting practices of radical openness and experimentation to challenge the normative and often print-based (neo)liberal humanist assumptions of how scholars in the humanities communicate.