Introduction to Post-human Politics

What kind of world can we expected to emerge from current Post-modern conditions?  

Increasingly, our perceptions regarding the contribution of long standing political institutions, economic activities and social norms to human civilisation are being influenced one way or another by our interactions with ever diversified forms of technology. 

That having been said, we through our use of technology are not alone in the ability to understand and change the foundations of the Post-modern order. Machine-machine interaction is quickly replicating the learning and doing that were once monopolised by us humans. 

While still in their infancy, machine machine interactions have the potential to become a fundamental component of the emerging social political and economic dynamic upon which humankind will rely for its continued well-being and survival.  

Hence many scholars for various scientific fields are speaking of a Post-human future.

In an attempt to move the analysis beyond the well worn cliché of technology as civilisation's deal with the devil, this course seeks to explore and to some extent provide answers to the following questions:

  • Where does the border between human and machine lie?
  • To what extent does technological evolution and human interactions with developing technology require corresponding modifications to the way in which a Post-human reality functions and is governed?
  • To what degree can we observe and identify contributing factors which will serve to better conceptualise a Post-human era?

Main text: Gray, Chris Hables (2001): Cyborg Citizen: Politics in a Posthuman Age, New York: Routledge.

David Dusseault:

David Dusseault, (PhD / MA University of Helsinki) is a political scientist by training and a policy analyst by trade. David’s Master’s work focused on International Relations and normative theories of Democracy. Later on, his doctoral research homed in on elite risk assessments as keys to regime consolidation when applied to the political economy of Russia’s regions and federal institutions during the Yeltsin period (1992–2000).

Out of his PhD research grew an interest in various structures which define the hydrocarbon business, the drivers behind energy policy formation, and the practical knock-on effects produced by the energy trade. By 2011, David was hired as Senior Market Analyst for the Finnish natural gas distribution company Gasum OY. There, he covered structural changes in the energy trade related to making hydrocarbons greener, more sustainable and yet commercially profitable.