[Air-l] _Data Made Flesh_

Phillip Thurtle pthurtle at ccs.carleton.ca
Mon Dec 1 13:41:26 PST 2003

Please excuse the self promotion but I think some on this list might be 
interested in the following.

> Announcing a New Publication from Routledge:
> _Data Made Flesh: Embodying Information_
> Co-editors: Robert Mitchell and Phillip Thurtle
> Contributors: Richard Doyle, Mary Flanagan, N. Katherine Hayles, Robin 
> Held, Eduardo Kac, Elisabeth LeGuin, Timothy Lenoir, Robert Mitchell, 
> Mark Poster, Phillip Thurtle, Steve Tomasula, Ann C. Villa, Bernadette 
> Wegenstein, and Kathleen Woodward
>> In an age of cloning, cyborgs, and biotechnology, the line between 
>> bodies and bytes seems to be disappearing. Data Made Flesh is the 
>> first collection to address the increasingly important links between 
>> information and embodiment, at a moment when we are routinely 
>> tempted, in the words of Donna Haraway, "to be raptured out of the 
>> bodies that matter in the lust for information," whether in the rush 
>> to complete the Human Genome Project or in the race to clone a human 
>> being. The contributors gathered in this collection are leading 
>> figures in Cyberculture Studies and Science and Technology Studies, 
>> many of who have established the terms of today's academic discourse 
>> surrounding bodies and technology.
> "It's about time embodiment got considered in relation to data!  . . . 
> _Data made Flesh_ does just this. It is fresh, multidisciplinary, and 
> does its work at a high level of critical and descriptive performance. 
> Bodies, materiality, and the dominance of an information metaphor have 
> had some attention, but the ways in which humans within the digital 
> and data world experience and act call for the kind of attention that 
> this book gives."
> --Don Ihde, author of _Bodies in Technology_
> "By establishing once and for all the inseparability of information 
> and materiality, signifying practices and embodiment, _Data Made 
> Flesh_ will fundamentally reorient future debates over human 
> technogenesis itself. I can think of no more pressing task for 
> technocultural criticism today."
> --Mark Hansen, author of _Embodying Technesis_
> I found this collection inspiring, innovative, and intellectually 
> stimulating. It offers an ultra-contemporary terrain of current 
> critique across a variety of academic disciplines and provides a new 
> conception of the term "information" with an emphasis on materiality 
> and embodiment."
> --Barbara M. Kennedy, co-editor of _The Cybercultures Reader_
> November 2003**6 x 9**320 pp
> 30 halftones
> Pb**0 415 96905 0**$27.95

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