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Welcome to The Posthumanities Hub

Hub BANNERThe Posthumanities Hub is a platform for postdisciplinary arts and sciences informed by cultural critique and feminist creativity.
We specialize in the more-than-human condition and inventive feminist materialisms, with special relevance to research areas like the environmental humanities, human animal studies, cultural studies and new media, digital humanities and medical humanities, trans-, queer or anti-imperialist theory-practices, feminist science and technology studies, and other trans- or postdisciplinary areas. We work to meet up with pressing societal challenges.  

The Posthumanities Hub is a site of lively forms of postdisciplinary sciences and more-than-human humanities. It sprung out of intense interest in interdisciplinary postgraduate training and international team-work in gender studies, the humanities and their feminist and transdisciplinary bridge-building activities.

The Posthumanities Hub stands now as the largest research group at Gender Studies (Tema Genus) with 14 doctoral candidates (of which now 8 are already PhD), affiliated postdoc or senior researchers and visiting scholars. We pursue many forms of collaborative work with researchers, artists and society at large, and we function as a hub for the following international research networks:

  • The Posthumanities Network: Next Genderation (Swedish Research Council, VR 2009-)
  • New Materialisms: Networking European Scholarship on 'How Matter Comes to Matter' (EU Cost Action, 2013)
  • The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research and The Swedish Research Council Formas, 2015-2019)
  • Posthumanities International Network (Swedish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, RJ, 2015)
  • Posthuman Research Network (Social sciences and humanities research council, Canada, SSHRC, 2017)
  • The Eco- and Bioart Research Network (2017)

Corresponding to the diversity within posthumanist gender studies, "the hub" provides a collaborative platform for converging research interests, doctoral projects, and scholarly exchanges between art, science and society. Research at The Posthumanities Hub share a commitment to

  • the proliferation of interdisciplinary cultural research and more-than-human (posthuman) humanities
  • critique and creativity outside the disciplinary comfort zones
  • re-invention of feminist theory-practices and experimental collaborations, and
  • the lively re-thinking of the relational human of the humanities (and other sciences) from within

Cognisant of shifting terrain in the contemporary social sciences and humanities, the Posthumanities Hub engages with critical and creative pursuits that address changing relations between animals, bodies, technologies, and environments from trans/inter-disciplinary perspectives. Posthumanities trace here a specific feminist and anti-colonial genealogy of cyborg anthropology, situated knowledge and sex-gender theorizing. The respective projects of the Posthumanities Hub researchers coalesce at the intersections of epistemology and ontology, politics and ethics. We meet up with biological, medical and scientific; experimental, educational, and ethical; artistic, environmental and epistemological; technical, digital and ontological challenges from within the expanding, liminal zones of cultural scholarship so to exhibit the critical and creative potentials of contemporary feminist research and show case the contemporary urgency of the humanities.

Launched in 2008, the Posthumanities Hub is a meeting place for both theoretical and empirical research in/on feminist posthuman theory, new materialisms and emerging biologies, medical humanities and environmental humanites, human animal studies and critical disability studies, transgender studies, STS/SLS, feminist science studies, new media and popular cultures. It is one of the constitutive environments for 1) The Seed Box: A Mistra Formas funded Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, a research programme and a 13 university consortium to establish the national centre for international environmental humanities at Linköping University, and 2) the gender excellence centre GEXcel International Collegium for Advanced Transdisciplinary Gender Studies, a host of visiting scholars and a platform for projects, networks and collaborations.

We were recently awarded generous programmatic funding for The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory, (Cecilia Åsberg is principal investigator and head of The Posthumanities Hub), by Swedish Research Council FORMAS and MISTRA The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research.Through the years our various work have been funded by the Swedish Research Council (VR - for our Posthumanities Network: Next Genderation), Swedish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (RJ - for our Posthumanities International Network), Nordic Research Council for Humanities and Social Science (journal NORA), the Swedish Ministry of Higher Education (The Gender Lab project), the European Research Council (ERC stg project with Pi Ericka Johnson on Prescriptive prescriptions, pharmaceuticals and healthy subjectivity ), Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, EU Cost Action (new materialism network), and by generous initiatives of Linköping University and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

The Posthumanities Hub conjoined research groups that met under the auspices of the Posthumanities Network: The Next Genderation, a Swedish Research Council funded initiative bringing together inter-, trans-, and cross-disciplinary researchers from Sweden, Europe, North America, and Australia. In 2014 we co-initiated the successor, Posthumanities International Network (PIN) with funding from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, together with scholars from Goldsmith's University of London, Utrecht University and University of Warwick.

The core group of researchers working on location in Linköping meets regularly for workshops, networking and research exchange events and complement the research activities of Tema Genus (the gender studies unit of the cross-disciplinary Department of Tema).

Founding director: Cecilia Åsberg, Professor at Gender Studies and Chair of Gender, Nature, Culture, Linköping University, Co-Director of GEXcel International Collegium. Email: cecilia.asberg@liu.se

Page manager: cecilia.asberg@liu.se
Last updated: Tue May 16 20:27:30 CEST 2017