Recent technological and scientific developments have demonstrated a condition that has already long been upon us. We have entered a posthuman era, an assertion shared by an increasing number of thinkers such as N. Katherine Hayles, Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour, Richard Grusin, and Bernard Stiegler. The performing arts have reacted to these developments by increasingly opening up their traditionally ¿human¿ domain to non-human others. Both philosophy and performing arts thus question what it means to be human from a posthumanist point of view and how the agency of non-humans ¿ be they technology, objects, animals, or other forms of being ¿ ¿works¿ on both an ontological and performative level. The contributions in this volume brings together scholars, dramaturgs, and artists, uniting their reflections on the consequences of the posthuman condition for creative practices, spectatorship, and knowledge.Christel Stalpaert
is Professor of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the Art Studies Department at Ghent University, Belgium. She is director of the research centre S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts and Media) and co-founder of CoDa | Cultures of Dance
- Research Network for Dance Studies
. Kristof van Baarle
is post-doctoral researcher at the Research Centre for Visual Poetics, Antwerp University, Belgium. As a dramaturg, he works with Kris Verdonck and Michiel Vandevelde.Together with Verdonck, he is conducting an artistic research project on Samuel Beckett and Noh at KASK - School of Arts, Belgium. Laura Karreman
is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, where she teaches on the BA Media and Culture, the MA Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy, and the RMA Media, Art and Performance Studies courses.