Posthuman Eros

New School for Social Research: Liberal Studies

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Posthuman Eros

Spring 2023

Taught By: Dominic Pettman

Section: A

CRN: 13261

Credits: 3

We tend to think of erotic desire as one of the most important elements that make us human. However, writers, artists, scientists, and thinkers have all challenged - or at least complicated - this assumption. This course explores the possibility that love (or "eros," to use one of Freud's key terms) is an essentially technological phenomenon. As such, we consider different theories of love that emphasize automaticity, algorithm, code, contract, instrumentality, connectivity, and so on. After glossing the traditional models of love, skewed by the masculinist imaginary, we shall explore new iterations of intimacy in the digital age, which reject or refine the established protocols of love. To what extent, we ask, does eros also belong to the world of machines and/or animals. As such, students should complete this course with a very different view of not only love, but also “technology.” Readings will likely include Plato, Ovid, Anne Carson, Charles Fourier, Sigmund Freud, Georges Bataille, Wilhelm Reich, Shulamith Firestone, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Alphonso Lingis, Anna-Marie Jagose, Lauren Berlant, and others. 

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Liberal Studies (GLIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 9:34pm EST 11/30/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1108

Date Range: 1/26/2023 - 5/11/2023