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Everyone is welcome to the new forum - on Turing, cybernetics, identity & more!

Everyone is welcome to the new forum - on Turing, cybernetics, identity & more!

We're excited to welcome you to our latest forum, presented by the HASTAC Scholars:

Alan Turing: The First Digital Humanist?

Note: everyone is encouraged to join the conversation. You do not have to be affiliated with the Scholars program!

The forum raises questions on topics such as:

  • The culture and limits of digital humanities
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Posthuman and posthumanities
  • The intersection of sexuality, identity and bodies
  • The intellectual history of technology and computing

We've started the conversations with a few questions, but hope to add yours:

  • How might we read, configure, and imagine Turing as one of the first posthumanists, one of the first digital humanists?
  • How might Turing be emblematic of the interventions, explorations, and interrogations raised by posthumanism, code studies, queer theory, cultural studies, and the digital humanities?  And how might Turing’s own fraught personal and political life limn the boundaries, limitations, silences, excesses, and exclusions of these flights of inquiry?
  • Is technology queer?  Is information queer?  How might both be queered and to what end?  How might we draw narrative, affective, and political arcs between Turing (as war hero and homosexual liability) to someone like Bradley Manning, who in a similar vein his simultaneously technolibertarian whistleblower and queer traitor?  How might we read both as queer(ing) posthumanism?
  • What does the sick body (or the queer crip body) either the one reliant on technology for life, or the one not reliant, do to the idea of the posthuman? In considering the idea of the posthuman as queer, can we understand disability and /or illness to always already be posthuman? To never be posthuman? something else? What is the role of the state in creating/cripping the posthuman through technologies such as Turing’s chemical castration?
  • What does it mean to include Turing as a digital humanist?
  • Why has Turing been a particularly important icon when thinking about the history of computing? In which histories is he highlighted or ignored?

Jump into the conversation now!



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