Anthropology | Cyborg Anthropology
A200 | 21485 | Wells


This course considers the omnipresent role technology plays in our
human existence. We will learn about some of the ways different
cultures and societies distinctly utilize technology and consider how
humans' very ancient need for tools has affected social structures,
definitions of humanity, and the process of invention. We will
necessarily discuss the history of cyborgization, the continuous
re-invention of our human toolkit from our earliest hominid ancestors.
You will spend the bulk of the class learning to critically examine
how the interplay of societies, sciences, politics, and economics have
left their mark on the modern ways that people are born, invent,
reproduce, consume, and die in human-built environments that are
entirely immersed in technologies. Movies highlighting technologically
social experiences and cultural differences in futurism, along with a
large online component, will augment your usual classroom experience.
This class will be valuable to students interested in anthropology,
architecture, business, computer science, futurism and science
fiction, gender and sexual issues, informatics, marketing, medical
ethics, and urban planning. There will be three books for this course
and a number of readings through the IU Library Ereserve (the books are:
Cyborg Citizen, by Gray; The Modernist City, by Holston; and
Neuromancer, by Gibson).