1st Edition

Posthumanist Learning What Robots and Cyborgs Teach us About Being Ultra-social

By Cathrine Hasse Copyright 2020
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    360 Pages
    by Routledge

    In this text Hasse presents a new, inclusive, posthuman learning theory, designed to keep up with the transformations of human learning resulting from new technological experiences, as well as considering the expanding role of cyborg devices and robots in learning. This ground-breaking book draws on research from across psychology, education, and anthropology to present a truly interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between technology, learning and humanity.

    Posthumanism questions the self-evident status of human beings by exploring how technology is changing what can be categorised as "human". In this book, the author applies a posthumanist lens to traditional learning theory, challenging conventional understanding of what a human learner is, and considering how technological advances are changing how we think about this question. Throughout the book Hasse uses vignettes of her own research and that of other prominent academics to exemplify what technology can tell us about how we learn and how this can be observed in real-life settings.

    Posthumanist Learning is essential reading for students and researchers of posthumanism and learning theory from a variety of backgrounds, including psychology, education, anthropology, robotics and philosophy.


    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Vignette 1 Jibo

    Vignette 2 The robot is present

    Chapter 2: Posthumanist learning in education

    Vignette 3. The Lamentations of an Uneducated Daughter

    Vignette 4: Fair in Kelly Writers House

    Chapter 3 Emotional Collectives

    Vignette 5: Meeting the Mars Path Finder

    Vignette 6: Particle in cigar-entanglements

    Chapter 4. Robots in a storied world

    Vignette 7: Olimpia’s yawns

    Vignette 8: Telenoid in the lab

    Chapter 5: The Materiality of Words

    Vignette 9: Becoming physicists

    Vignette 10: What robots are really like

    Chapter 6: Socio-material concept formation

    Vignette 11: Materialising robots

    Chapter 7: Collective of collectives

    Vignette 12. The Silent Drawing

    Chapter 8: Learning with cyborg technology

    Vignette 13: Feeling the world

    Chapter 9: Extended mindful bodies

    Vignette 14: The ship collective

    Chapter 10: Sociality by Proxy

    Vignette 15: Learning like Tay

    Vignette 16: The clash of ultra-socials


    Cathrine Hasse is Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Learning at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.