ABOUT

Dr Judith Nicogossian, Anthropobiologist


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(Cred. Rachel Gabillet)


Hello, I am Dr Judith Nicogossian, Anthropobiologist, Business Anthropologist, Keynote Speaker, Philosopher, Chronicler working at different levels on the “HYBRID BODY“, in order to examine what is at stake with the several impacts of techniques and technologies on the human body, including both its biology and its culture.

“Innovations” are presented as “innevolution” within an evolutionary process. However up to what point humanity is really inventing, innovating, evolving – and not instead replaying the past in acquiring a divestiture organ of itself, while conflicts of interests and a normative fight of rationalities are deeply rooted in our economic model ?

It raises a bunch of questions:

The human body interacts with technologies and techniques, not just for reconstructing the disability, but also for – in a transhumanist trend – enhancing the “normal” human body: to make it feel better, freeer, healthier, more beautiful, live longer and become more powerful; and why not to transcends the limits of time & space, death. What is at stake in this blog is to approach an epistemology of the human body, its practices and values, its signs and mythologies. Its discourse(s) of truth. This work on the living human body is medical, archeological, ecological. It takes place in two plans, the visible and the discursive ones, and at two levels, the real (sciences) and imaginary (art) ones.

  • To what extend is becoming the human body a (bio-)cultural construction? Are the TECHNIQUES OF THE BODY possibly depending on technologies? What the limits are?
  • What is the ideology of Progress? How to EVOLVE with (new) technologies?
  • What is BIOPOWER ?  What impact technologies have on our bodies and on our societies?
  • What are the incentives and obstacles of the ACCULTURATION processes?
  • What the future holds within the new DIGITAL era? The BIG DATA? Are we PHYGITAL? Are we getting in a DATACRACY ? What to think of AI? (and more disturbing how AI is programmed to think of us?)

This blog is offering few sections:

  1. ECONOMICAL : Innovation, Military, Medical, Legal, (Bio)Ethics

  2. POLITICAL : Health system; Power & Counter-power; Cyber-security; Bio-hacking; Gender studies; Transhumanism; identity; Able/ disable, capacity and capacitation

  3. ANTHROPOBIOLOGICAL  (& adaptability) Evolutionary medicine, Epigenetics – (Neuro)Plasticity – Functional vicariance, and Bio-diversity

  4. COMMUNICATION: body langage and non-verbal communication; black boxes

This blog aims at making interdisciplinary connections between anthropology, medicine, business, ethnography, history, philosophy, art, law  to raise bio-ethical issues and build a critical discourse of the “new version” of the human body in our Western Societies, the human body in becoming between the human and the inhuman, the living and the machine. The hybrid body belongs to the TECHNO-IMAGINARY of our time with a great visual ethnographic interest; its representations and counter-imaginaries, all other representations, are grasping our imaginations between fear and desire. Thenceforth I am using videos and images possibly connected to this topic and suggestions are also welcome.

Feel free to contact me!

METHODOLOGY: My qualitative and quantitative research is grounded in leading empirical queries – collecting thoughts, standpoints, views, and imaginaries one’s may have on hybridity both from specialists in their respective fields, inventors, and non-specialists – through unstructured face to face interviews, focus groups and “full immersion observation”.


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The road to Evolution – Chloe Warner

 Last and not least, I am working in digital health with illustrators, exploring topics around hybridity, telemedicine, connected objects, robots and androids, artifical intelligence, virtual reality, doctor-patient relationship, non-verbal communication and body language, etc.

Online CHRONICLES :

Dossier Le patient

1. Expérience patient: la médecine préventive

2. Le patient-expert entre fiction et réalité

Dossier Le cerveau

1. Quoi de si spécial dans mon cerveau?

2. Une intervention du cerveau? Ok. je survis ou… Adieu Margot?

3. Le cerveau magique: Marguerite a des ailes

Dossier Futur des soins et de la santé

1.INTRO SF: Du gène à l’octet

2. Le futur du patient

3. le futur du médecin

4. le futur de l’hôpital

Dossier Éthique de l’intelligence artificielle & robotique sociale

1. Les grands singes, l’Homo Sapiens et l’IA

1. Le robot androïde en santé

2. L’amour d’un robot?

Dossier Réalité virtuelle

1. Réalité virtuelle

Dossier Divers

Les objets connectés

L’utérus artificiel

La thérapie tango

Le nu et le vêtu: quand le vêtement soigne

Partir vivre sur Mars?

Chroniques illustrées:

Scientific publications online :

· PHD in Philosophy (Sociology & Linguistics

· Thèse de doctorat (anthropologie bio-culturelle)

· L’évolution du corps humain : plus proche d’un modèle lamarckien

· La couleur du corps, le paradigme du corps artificie

· De l’homme réparé à l’homme augmenté: petite leçon de modernité médical

· Les limites plastiques du corps hybride

· L’utérus artificiel

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)

Interviews:

· “Comment la médecine moderne rejoint la science-fiction” (Beast Magazine, 03/2016)

· Faut-il prendre le concept de l’augmentation de l’humain au sérieux? (MNH blog – par Anne Adam-Pluen Calvo, 01/2017)

· L’inhumanité des algorithmes en santé agite le monde médical (Le Figaro, par Damien Mascret, 01/2019)

Science-fiction

· Du gène à l’octet (Futuramed, MNH blog)

· Entre sexe, amour, travail et cybersécurité (Usbek & Rica)

Séminaires :

· GDRI 836 CNRS/ Paris Descartes (STAPS) – Body Ecology by Adaptive and Physical Activities “Corps hybride et émersiologie” B. Andrieu (03/2017)

· ISCC/ Paris-Sorbonne / CNRS – Le corps augmenté et ses symptômes “La possibilité plastique du corps hybride” J.P Assoun, J.M Besnier & C. Lindenmeyer (01/2017)

Conferences:

Courses:

· École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image (EESI) – Cours “Corps hybride” (1. Le nu, le vêtu, le connecté; 2. Expérience patient; 3. Les limites plastiques du corps hybride; 4. Le cerveau; 5. L’utérus artificiel; 6. La Réalité virtuelle et la simulation)

· Faculté de médecine Joseph Fourier – Hypnose thérapeutique – DU – Profs. Boyer & Alibeu 2014-2017

· Faculté de médecine Joseph Fourier– Communication non-verbale & Langage du corps (Tango Therapy) –  Module Communication – J.L. Bosson 2014-2017

· INSA Lyon – Module Éthique et Sciences humaines – Centre des Humanités – Marianne Chouteau – 3BIM-3BB – 2017

· Faculté de médecine Joseph Fourier– Laboratoire d’anatomie (Ladaf) Regard anthropologique sur le cerveau (cognitif, techno-anatomique, magique et pathologique)

Vidéos:

MNH/ NEHS, “Ethnofiction en santé” – Interview par E. Villeneuve (journaliste)

Radio:

Book :

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

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2 comments

  1. Visual Ethnography · June 1, 2017

    Merci aux artistes Eugénie Fauny, Chloe Warner, Claire Castagnet, Laura Perez, Etienne Leroux, Romain Bulteau, Jorge Molongo, Alexandre Gomes, Ange B. et Benjamin Courvoisier !

  2. Visual Ethnography · January 7

    Et un grand merci aux images de Laurence Honnorat prises à l’occasion des Utopiales 2018
    Innovaxion/L. Honnorat.

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