After graduating in ‘Politics, Economics and Society’ from Sciences Po Lille, France (2007), Lucie Dalibert attended the University of Hull, United Kingdom, and the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, for an Erasmus Mundus Masters in Women’s and Gender Studies (2007-2009). Her Masters’ thesis on the concept of bio-power progressively led her to philosophical anthropology and philosophy of science and technology.
In October 2009, Lucie Dalibert joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente as a PhD student.
She is a member of the VIDI/NWO project ‘Technology and the Limits of Humanity: The Ethics and Anthropology of Posthumanism’.
Her research focuses on human-technology relationships and inter-/intra-actions in the age of the convergence of biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, and the cognitive sciences (NBIC).
As the latest generation of (bio-) technologies operates at the molecular, and even nano-, level of the human body and have the boundaries between human and animal, organism and machine, the physical and non-physical evaporate, the prospect of a posthuman future, whether praised by transhumanists who greet the perspective of an improved and enhanced successor human being or lamented as a violation of human nature by bioconservatives, materialises. Humanity would be on its way towards posthumanity, with Homo Sapiens 2.0 the next (man-made) evolutionary step. In other words, current technological developments, and especially those generated by NBIC convergence, not only challenge the generic category of the human but have brought us to the limits of humanity. It is against this backdrop that Dalibert’s research takes place at the University of Twente.
Hence, although an (in)famous and fetishised concept, not to say catchword, it is the posthuman that is given centre stage and explored. More precisely, by undertaking ethnographical fieldwork, it is the discursive, material and embodied emergence of the posthuman subject(s) and subjectivity(ies) that is under investigation.
Promotor and Supervisor
Prof.dr.ir. Peter-Paul Verbeek
Member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC: http://www.wtmc.net)
Member of the 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology (http://www.ethicsandtechnology.eu)