Risky Bodies and Techno-Intimacy
Reflections on Sexuality, Media, Science, Finance
Patel subjects our theoretical habits to poetic, generous scrutiny, initiating a conversation bridging the arts, sciences, and humanities. Interweaving histories of science, technology, time, economics, literature, and the future, this book offers chilling visions of who will live, to what forces we will assign sovereignty, and how we will die.
Geeta Patel is a deep thinker. In Risky Bodies she takes us with her on a rich and complex journey to show us how techno-intimacies work. Patel navigates with technology, philosophy, gender, finance and more, creating conversations that will continue for some time.
In stunning analyses of a range of archival genres, from the gendered origins of financial forms, to cinematic texts and the aesthetics of temporality and history in South Asia, Patel provides moving meditations on the critical impasses that haunt our intellectual lives.
A work of intricacy and importance. Patel writes poetically, erotically about the risk that inhabits our everyday through the mundane and the fantastical - behaviour and thought of habit, montages and transitions of lived and imagined technae, mobile materialities, technologies of the flesh, political economies, capitalised cultures. It weaves a potent, perilous tale of adventure and minute discoveries, countermonumental', contingent, sexy. Seductive and absorbing.
Introduction Paths to Inquiry, Pathways for the Inquisitive
1. Techno-homo: Translating Mayonnaise at Home
2. Heisenberg's Bodies: Ismat Chughtai in a Marital Fix, or Homely Housewives Run Amok
3. Firing Time: Techno-Intimacies of the Cinematic
4. Time's Travails
5. Memorial Figurations: Temporality, Cinematicrealism, and Finance
6. Risky Bodies: Life-Finance, Labour and Domesticated Technologies of Intimacy
Prelude after the Fact: Photographic Techno-Intimacies and the Question Of Method
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