Constructing Xenological Encounters


Session Title:

  • Machinic Sense & Sensibility: Sensing Spaces and Places

Presentation Title:

  • Constructing Xenological Encounters



  • It is becoming clearer that our attempts to separate nature from culture, humans from non-humans, ancient from modern, and life from technology have been a failure. Recognizing this failure allows us to weave back together what was inappropriately cleaved during the modernist project. To deal with this moment we can learn how to be xenologists, ones who study, analyze, and develop elements of the strange, the other, the alien. Here I show how xenological encounters across the domains of plants, transgender bodies, and space enable us to construct new forms of living within our entangled existences.