Fall 2023

The Affective Interface

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-262


Lorne Falk (Section 01)


The Affective Interface explores a range of issues concerning the technologized body—though none more urgent than the political implications surrounding life itself. The course considers the relationship of the mind and body to technology in contemporary culture between 1990 and 2020. We will discuss the profound implications of the merging of genetic code and digital code, consider how our understanding of what an apparatus is has changed, interrogate the influence of social media, delve into work made by artists who collaborate with scientists, and reflect on the ethical and political implications of creating  new forms of plant and animal life. Readings may include the voices of artists, writers, scientists, historians, cultural theorists, and philosophers, including Giorgio Agamben, Sarah Ahmed, Jane Bennett, Rosi Braidotti, Patricia Clough, Donna Haraway, Jean Francois-Lyotard, Kim Stanley Robinson, Sandy Stone, Adrian Tchaikovsky, and Craig Venter, among others.

Limited to 24 students. Fall semester. Lecturer Falk.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority first given to fourth-year students, then to a balance of first-years, sophomores, and juniors, randomly determined, followed by 5-college students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis is on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations, and group work.

POSC 262 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE C101
Th 8:30 AM - 9:50 AM SCCE C101

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Vibrant Matter : A Political Ecology of Things Duke University Press Jane Bennett Amherst Books TBD
Transpositions : Of Nomadic Ethics Wiley Rosi Braidotti Amherst Books TBD
The War of Desire and Technology at the Close of the Mechanical Age MIT Press Allucquere Stone Amherst Books TBD
2312 Orbit Kim Robinson Amherst Books TBD
Children of Time Oxford University Press Adrian Tchsikovsky Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023