Transhumanism and/as Whiteness

Ali, Syed Mustafa (2017). Transhumanism and/as Whiteness. In: IS4SI 2017 Summit Digitalisation for a sustainable society, 12-16 Jun 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), pp. 1–3.




Transhumanism is interrogated from critical race theoretical and decolonial perspectives with a view to establishing its ‘algorithmic’ relationship to historical processes of race formation (or racialization) within Euro-American historical experience. Although the Transhumanist project is overdetermined vis-à-vis its raison-d’être, it is argued that a useful way of thinking about this project is in terms of its relationship to the shifting phenomenon of ‘whiteness’. It is suggested that Transhumanism constitutes a techno-scientific response to the phenomenon of ‘White Crisis’ at least partly prompted by ‘critical’ posthumanist contestation of Eurocentrically-universal humanism.

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