Towards a new humanity, and beyond – debating post-human perspectives

07.09.2023 to 09.09.2023

Fribourg University, Switzerland

I had the privilege of being invited as a speaker to the workshop titled “Towards a New Humanity, and Beyond – Debating Post-human Perspectives” held at Fribourg University, Switzerland from September 7th to September 9th, 2023 (more information below). My presentation “Communicating with ALS Patients – a Posthuman Disability Perspective” explored the complex interplay between humans and technology, focusing specifically on ALS patients.

I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the distinguished organizers and gracious hosts of the event, Prof. Sabine Haupt (Comparative Literature), Prof. Oliver Krüger (Study of Religions), and Prof. Julia Straub (Modern English Literature) at Fribourg University. Their meticulous efforts in curating this captivating gathering, featuring an array of outstanding presenters, fostered a remarkable exchange of ideas and insights.

My presentation emphasized how, in our increasingly technology-driven world, interactions between humans and non-human beings present challenges but also opportunities for a more inclusive future. By highlighting the concept of hybrids, in which human and non-human elements get intertwined, a new way of looking at disability is shown, especially in communication with ALS patients. In view of our vulnerability, which also arises from these interdependencies, new strength and resilience may be developed. This goes hand in hand with a societal demand for diversity and a more empathetic, inclusive post-human world.

Towards a new humanity, and beyond – debating post-human perspectives (program):