D4D – Literature on prosthetics, augmentation, implants…

D4D project contributors and advisors have been compiling a list of literature on prosthetics, looking for work that moves between critical disability studies, and the more general transhuman or posthuman perspectives.

Here’s our list so far.

Thanks to Lucy Burke, David Bolt, Praminda Caleb-Solly and Martin Levinson.

Mitchell, David T., and Sharon L. Snyder. Narrative prosthesis: Disability and the dependencies of discourse. University of Michigan Press, 2000.

Lucy Burke (Manchester Metropolitan): Roberto Esposito writes a very interesting – if problematic – piece on ‘the implant’ in Immunitas. Esposito seeks to reorient the immunity/contagion paradigm by thinking about communitas and the ‘taking in’ of the other. His work is informed by Foucault but he argues that Foucault’s conception of the biopolitical is wedded to a notion of the body that is no longer viable:

“… the body is experiencing a state of profound alteration, down to its essential fabric. The body demands to be thought of as a text written in code whose genomic key must be found, or the terminal of a planetary wide computer network, or as an object that is modifiable through plastic surgery … In all cases it enters into a direct, or actually symbiotic, relationship with what is other than itself; in the specific and literal sense that it carries its other within itself” (pp.148-149)

Andrew Goffey’s critique of the ‘immunological turn’ is also worth a look: http://mh.bmj.com/content/medhum/41/1/8.full.pdf

Dan Goodley, Rebecca Lawthom and Katherine Runswick Cole have written on Braidotti and the posthuman from a disability studies perspective –

Work by Vivian Sobchack.
Screen theorist (phenomenology and embodiment, science fiction) Sobchack identified some of the omissions in prosthetics discourse, drawing explicitly on her experiences of impairment.

Sobchack, A Leg to Stand On, LINK

Her essay on bodily integrity, LINK 

An interview,  LINK

Cachia, A. (2015) The (Narrative) Prosthesis Re-Fitted, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 9, 3, 247-264.

Eyre, P. (2011) Comment from the Field: Transforming Bodies: Prosthetics Seminar, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, 5, 1, 109-112.

Savulescu & Bostrom 2009 – Human Enhancement

Smith & Morra Eds. 2007 – The Prosthetic Impulse

Neicu, M. 2012 – Prosthetics Imagery: Negotiating the Identity of Enhanced Bodies

Agar, N. 2014: Truly Human Enhancement

Praminda Caleb-Solly (UWE) contributed these suggestions:
There’s an interesting dialog to be had on 3d printing, open source initiatives and the ‘democratisation of design’ – putting the power back into the hands of the people (literally and metaphorically) to produce and define their own designs. For more on this topic, see Liarokapis, M.V., Zisimatos, A.G., Mavrogiannis, C.I. and Kyriakopoulos, K.J., (2014 February) Openbionics: An open-source initiative for the creation of affordable, modular, light-weight, underactuated robot hands and prosthetic devices. In 2nd ASU Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop.

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