This article situates the geological turn in media theory within the critical posthumanities, defining them in both quantitative and qualitative terms. They can be assessed quantitatively by reviewing the proliferation of interdisciplinary “studies” areas—such as media and gender studies—that have transformed the modes of knowledge production within the academic humanities and beyond. They are framed qualitatively by the neomaterialist, vital philosophy proposed by Gilles Deleuze’s Spinozism, based on the concepts of monism, radical immanence, and relational ontology. They not only support the idea of a nature-culture continuum but also provide the philosophical grounding for technological mediation to be defined not as a form of representation but as the expression of “medianaturecultural” ethical relations and forces.
The Critical Posthumanities; Or, Is Medianatures to Naturecultures as Zoe Is to Bios?
Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. Her latest books are Nomadic Subjects (2011), Nomadic Theory: The Portable Rosi Braidotti (2011), and . In 2016 she coedited, with Paul Gilroy, Conflicting Humanities. Her website is www.rosibraidotti.com.