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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2096: Cyborg Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Sample reading:

Bostrom, Nick (2005a) “A History of Transhumanist Thought”, Journal of Evolution and Technology 14/1: 1-25.


Culture 17 (3): 445-65

Ferrando F (2013) Posthumanism, Transhumanism, Antihumanism, Metahumanism, and New Materialisms: Differences and Relations. 82:26–32

Gray, C.H., S. Mentor, and H. J. Figueroa-Sarriera (1995) ‘Cyborgology: Constructing the Knowledge of Cybernetic Organisms,’ in C. Gray et al (eds.), The Cyborg Handbook (New York: Routledge, 1995), pp. 1- 14.

Haraway, D. ([1985] 2016). "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and SocialistFeminism in the Late Twentieth Century." In Manifestly Haraway. Donna Haraway and Cary Wolfe. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Hayles, K. (1999)  How we became posthuman: Virtual bodies in cybernetics. Chicago: University of Chicago Press: prologue and conclusion

Jane Bennett (2010) ‘The Agency of Assemblages and the North American Blackout’ Public

Karen Barad, “Agential Realism: Feminist Interventions in Understanding Scientific Practices,” in The Science Studies Reader, edited by Mario Biagioli, (Routledge, 1999), 1-11.

Pickering, A. (2013) The Cybernetic Brain, Blackwell Publishing.

Suchman, L. (2007) Human–Machine Reconfigurations: Plans and Situated Actions, revised edn. (New York: Cambridge University Press). 

Wiener, N. (1961 [1948]) Cybernetics, or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.