The Somatechnics Research Network is an international group of researchers who reflect on the mutual inextricability of embodiment and technology. It was first organized at Macquarie University in Sydney and is now hosted by the University of Arizona in Tucson. We publish the peer-reviewedSomatechnics journal, sponsor conferences and symposia at universities around the world, maintain a database of affiliated scholars, and moderate online discussions of ongoing developments in the field.
We are academics who specialize in interdisciplinary critical studies of embodiment, scientists and scholars and who are sensitive to the role of researcher-embodiment in the production of knowledge in our own areas of expertise, representatives of businesses and industries whose products or services can benefit from cross-disciplinary perspectives on embodiment, policymakers and advocates involved in areas of social policy that revolve around issues of bodily difference, individuals or communities who experience injustices based on difference from cultural norms of embodiment, educators interested in developing curricula in critical and cultural studies, artists whose creative work explores the experience of embodiment and technology, and members of the public seeking greater understanding of social diversity.
While our interests and viewpoints are varied, they revolve around the idea that the body-technology relationship is not a prosthetic one, in which technology is added on to a natural body that precedes it; rather, embodiment is always-already technologized, and is characterized by an "originary technicity." Much of the work of group members involves the ethical critique of moral hierarchies predicated on the body/technology and nature/culture distinctions, and pays close attention to ontological questions of bodily difference such as those characterized by sex, disability, and race. We interrogate the formation and transformation of bodies through such practices of knowledge-production as language, discourse, media, gender, sexuality, colonization, and capital formation.