(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, that of the visible and that of the discursive; as well as at two levels, real and imaginary. It underpins such questions as: To what extend is becoming the human body a bio-cultural construction? What is the role of the biopower? Are the techniques of the self possibly depending on technologies? What impact technologies have on our bodies? on our societies? 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, history, philosophy, ethnography and anthropology. Indeed, 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.

Working for teaching, researching and also museums, I’m collecting thoughts about the interaction of human body and technologies and techniques, from specialists and non-specialists, the standpoint, the view, the imaginary one’s may have on hybridity (short texts, painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, etc…). Feel free to send your contribution! Thank you.

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 Newspaper online :
· “Vers un homme augmenté?” Libération (11/2015)

Conferences :
· 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 (03/2016) en collaboration avec Vie at home (Belgique)
· 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)

– Forum Libération (Grenoble) Faut-il avoir peur du progrès?

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

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