The event-trauma of the carceral post-human

Joseph Pugliese*

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The category of the post-human is, in much contemporary cultural theory, celebrated for marking a liberatory break from the limits of the human body. The post-human is seen, through the grafting of new bio-technologies, as enunciating a range of enhanced corporeal experiences and emancipatory possibilities. In this essay, I complicate the category of the post-human by locating it in the context of Australia's Refugee Detention Centres. In this context, in which refugees and asylum seekers are unjustly imprisoned and disenfranchised of fundamental human rights, the underside of Eurocentric conceptualisations of the post-human emerges. I proceed to identify and name the violent production of this subaltern subject as the event-trauma of the carceral post-human.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-86
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Semiotics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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