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Webinar Thursday 13th April: “The concept of ROMA and posthumanist robots”

Warm welcome to The Posthumanities Hub & The Eco- and Bioart Lab Webinar “The concept of ROMA and posthumanist robots”
with Dr. Tanja Kubes and Prof.Thomas Reinhardt

When: 13th April 2023, 13:15 – 15:00 CEST 
Where: on Zoom

In recent decades, biosciences have re-defined and re-divided “life” (βίος) in numerous ways. However, despite all modifications, the semantic scope of the term has remained largely untouched. The “living” still encompasses the two realms of procaryotes and eukaryotes, the latter further subdivided into several kingdoms (plants, fungi, animals, etc.). Humans may no longer be thought of as the logical telos of evolution, but their special position in the whole of nature is rarely questioned. 

Recent developments in the field of artificial intelligence have profoundly challenged the underlying naturalistic ontology. Drawing from neo-animistic and perspectivist approaches in anthropology and STS, our approach of a relational ontology of multi-species assemblages (ROMA) breaks with dualistic conceptions of man and nature and proposes a monistic perspective instead – one that explores the potential of new forms of interconnectedness and rhizomatic entanglements between humans and a world transcending the boundaries between species and material spheres.

Dr. Tanja Kubes is a sociologist at the FU Berlin and researches human-robot relationships. As an expert on socio-technical topics and gender studies she worked as a researcher and lecturer at TU Munich, TU Berlin, TU Graz, University of Vechta, and LMU Munich. In addition to gender studies and science and technology studies (STS), she also focuses on STEM, digitalisation, AI, sociology of the body, autoethnography, ethnology of the senses, anthropology beyond the human, and trans- and posthumanism.

Thomas Reinhardt is professor for Social and Cultural Anthropology at LMU Munich. His research interests cover nature/cultures, new ontologies, semiotics, morphology, and history of science and consciousness.

Off the Beaten Track – Perspectives from the Anthropology of Aging

Within the Off the Beaten Track field school in the summer of 2020 in Gozo, Malta, there will be a second edition of a thematic unit revolving around Gender and Fieldwork.

All info can be found on the website:

The aim of the Gender and Fieldwork unit is to collaboratively unpack and explore gender issues, while offering a social scientific and ethnographic exploration of gender as a phenomenon through roundtable discussions and collective analysis of specific issues that emerge from our personal, self-developed in-field projects. This flexible method allows us to tailor the sessions according to the level, the needs and ambitions of each participant. Inscribed in the pedagogical approach of the summerschool I aim for a profound learning process established through experiential learning, fieldwork, interdisciplinary cooperation and close personal mentoring.

Please feel free to forward this announcement to students or programs you think would be interested.

Contact Xin Pan if you have any further questions: xin.pan[at]
Project Leader of the Expeditions’ Gender & Fieldwork Unit

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