Doctoral Fellow

Doctoral Fellow Appoline TaillandierApolline Taillandier

Discipline: Political Science
Supervisor: Jenny Andersson
Enrolled: September 2016


Now for the Long Term: A Study of Posthuman Futures in Contemporary Transhumanism

The research focuses on transhumanist networks and predictions about a "posthuman" era. In her Master's thesis, Apolline Taillandier studied the historical origins of transhumanism and the role played by transhumanism in the justification of liberal eugenics. Within the framework of the MaxPo research project, "The Power of the Future: Conditions of Political Possibility for a Post-Crisis Era," she will investigate the sociohistorical emergence and transnational evolutions of contemporary transhumanist ideas and movements. In her dissertation research, she will seek to understand how economic actors and academics contribute to the legitimisation of transhumanism and to the construction of "posthuman" futures, paying particular attention to market actors such as Google and Humanity+.

Publications

Taillandier, Apolline (forthcoming): From Boundless Expansion to Existential Threat: Transhumanists and Posthuman Imaginaries. Book chapter, under review, to be published in: Andersson, Kemp (dir.), Futures (Oxford University Press).

Teaching

  • Seminar course in Ethics of War, Sciences Po undergraduate exchange program, Fall 2017
  • Teaching Assistant to Marie-Laure Djelic, Dominique Cardon and Eloi Laurent, The Great Transition, Sciences Po School of Management and Innovation, Master's core curriculum, lecture course, Fall 2017
  • Teaching Assistant to Florence Faucher, Environmental Politics, Sciences Po undergraduate exchange program, elective course, Fall 2017
  • Teaching Assistant to Justin E. H. Smith, The Concept of Race: Philosophical, Anthropological, and Historical Perspectives, Sciences Po Master's core curriculum, lecture course, Spring 2017
  • Teaching Assistant to Réjane Sénac, La science politique au défi du genre, Sciences Po undergraduate elective course, Spring 2017
  • Teaching Assistant to Christophe Reffait, L'économie et ses lois selon le roman français du XIXe siècle, Sciences Po undergraduate elective course, Fall 2016

Conferences

  • 22 November 2017:
    "Citoyenneté cyborg, antispécisme et identité dans les mouvements transhumanistes"
    Colloque "La citoyenneté en débat(s)", USPC, Université Paris-Diderot, Sciences Po
  • 29 June 2017:
    "Taming the Posthuman: 'Existential Risks' and the Transnational Regulation of Artificial Intelligence"
    SASE 29th Annual Conference, Mini-Conference "Politics of the Future, Policies in the Present"
  • 26 June 2017:
    "Domestiquer le posthumain: le transhumanisme et les risques existentiels"
    Journée d'étude "Transhumanisme et politique", Chaire "Ethique et transhumanisme", Université catholique de Lille
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