ABOUT

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(Cred. Rachel Gabillet)

Hello, I am Judith Nicogossian, doctor in Biological Anthropology and in Cultural Studies working on the hybrid body, that is to say the impact of techniques and technologies on the human body. I am specialized in Health. I am willing to compile, organize, gather thoughts and events on the cultural and biological changes regarding the human body, mostly focussed in the medical field.

Nowadays the human body interacts with technologies and techniques, not just for reconstructing the disabled body, but also for ameliorating and even enhancing the “normal” human body: to make it feel better, freeer, healthier, more beautiful, live longer and become more powerful. What is at stake in this blog is to approach an epistemology of the human body. This work on the living human body should be archeological and take place in two plans, the visible and the discursive ones; and at two levels, the real and imaginary ones. It underpins such questions as: To what extend is becoming the human body a (bio-)cultural construction? What is biopower?  What impact technologies have on our bodies and on our societies? Are the techniques of the self possibly depending on technologies? What the limits are?

It is a broad topic, and we have to face different representations of hybrid body, so ideally this blog will grow bigger in offering few distinct sections:

  1. Military
  2. Medical
    – patients
    – carers
    – ethics
  3. Political
    – health system
    – gender studies
  4. Cultural
    – art
    – body practices (tattoes, …)
  5. Evolutionary
    – epigenetics
    – neuroplasticity

This blog aims at making interdisciplinary connections between medicine, art, law, history, philosophy, ethnography and anthropology to raise bio-ethical issues and build an ethics of the “new version” of the human body in Health.

The hybrid body is of a great visual ethnographic interest; its representations are grasping our imaginations. Thenceforth all videos and images possibly connected with that topic are welcome. Please feel free to contact me on what you may find relevant to this subject.

I’m collecting thoughts about the interaction of the human body and technologies and techniques, from specialists and non-specialists, standpoints,views, and imaginaries one’s may have on hybridity through the medium of art (text, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, etc…). Feel free to send your contribution! Thank you.

Last and not least, I am looking for opening journalistic collaborations in health and with illustrators, exploring topics around hybridity, telemedicine, connected objects, robots and androids, doctor-patient relationship, non-verbal communication and body language, etc. See exemples online
Expérience patient: la médecine préventive
or
Expérience patient: la consultation médicale
or
Le robot-androïde en santé

Scientific publications online :
· PHD in Philosophy
· Doctorat d’anthropologie bio-culturelle
· L’évolution du corps humain : plus proche d’un modèle lamarckien?
· La couleur du corps, le paradigme du corps artificiel
· De l’homme réparé à l’homme augmenté: petite leçon de modernité médicale

Article in Newspapers online :
· “Vers un homme augmenté?” (Libération, 11/2015)
· “De l’homme réparé à l’homme augmenté : petite leçon de modernité médicale” (Info Respiration, 04/2015)
· “Comment la médecine moderne rejoint la science-fiction” (Beast Magazine, 03/2016)

Conferences :
· Uni de Poitiers/ Festival d’Angoulême Au-delà du corps : Figures du corps augmenté ds la BD (5 -7/12/2016)
· CHU Angers Congrès S2CA Sciences et Santé Connectée (11/2016)
· SSMG Bruxelles Homo sapiens 2.0 – médecin généraliste 0.0 (11/2016)
· Festival de Philosophie Lyon “Corps et machine” Les médiations philosophiques (5,6,7/10/2016)
· Namur Salon Autonomies en collaboration avec Vie at home (Belgique) (03/2016)
· MGEN Paris, Transhumanisme, Homme augmenté. Quelles limites thérapeutiques,     
  techniques, éthiques? (02.2016)
· CCM Benchmark Institut Paris, E-santé 2016 (01.2016)
· Faculté de médecine de Grenoble Forum Libération Mon corps connecté (11/2015)
· Luxembourg Healthcare Summit Le patient du futur (10/2015)
· Les journées d’étude Pierre Mendès France Le corps augmenté : une utopie? (03/2014)
· Nancy Vers la fin du handicap? (2010)
· CNRS Paris Couleurs sur corps (10-11/2008)
· Grenada Social sciences The human body in Medicine (2007)
· ASFS Adélaïde Utopias/ Dystopias (2006)
· University of Queensland Brisbane Re-Visioning Boundaries (2006)

Vidéos:
– Forum Libération (Grenoble, 2015) Faut-il avoir peur du progrès?

Book :
· La norme du corps hybride, l’Harmattan, 2016

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