"New Formations" is a journal of cultural debate, history and theory. It brings new and challenging perspectives to bear on the categories that frame cultural analysis and political action. The journal has covered issues ranging from the seduction of perversity to questions of nationalism and post-colonialism. Contributors open up new zones of enquiry whilst drawing new charts of understanding to explain new formations in contemporary life. "New Formations" brings together in one volume both established and new writers from many walks of critical life. Past contributors have included: Parveen Adams, Nomi Bhabha, Slavoj Zizek, Susan Buck-Morss, Gillian Rose, Jacqueline Rose, Zygmunt Bauman and Christopher Norris. This issue of "New Formations" is concerned with cultural analysis of new forms of science and technology. It elucidates contemporary and possible future constructions of nature, the body, subjectivity and social space, from a variety of perspectives. As well as cultural studies and feminism, the book is also informed by work in other areas, including medical politics and the history of science.
It also examines the hypes and hopes surrounding the network, interactivity and artificial intelligence. Contributors to this volume include: Rosie Braidotti, Neil Tenhaaf and Jan Marchessault.
Table of Contents
Cyber feminism with a difference, Rosie Braidotti; the European network, Andrew Barry; machines for evolving - computer-generated images, Nell Tenhaaf; coming soon, "Norplant 2, The Sequel" - contraceptive technology and science fiction, Terri Kapsalis; the Darwin machine - artificial life and interactive art, Simon Penny; digital Darwin - nature, evolution and control in the rhetoric of electronic communication, Tiziana Terranova; chaos theory, marxism and literary history, Sam Jo Owen; photo narrative, Cheryl Soukes; the secret of life - informatics and the popular discourse of the life code, Janine Marchessault; reviews - two books on cyberspace, Robert Samuals, the philosophical implications of artificial intelligence, Norman Crowther; the hi-tech French musical avant-garde, Richard Tutton.