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

ISBN 9781138125186
Published January 15, 2020 by Routledge
360 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents


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

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