The works featured in this Fall 2017 edition of gnovis represent two unique statements on the topic of technology and its relation to the human body. In “Resolving the Incommensurability of Eugenics & the Quantified Self,” Gabi Schaffzin, from the University of California San Diego, outlines the theoretical development of early eugenic projects in order to reveal their fundamental connection to the technology-aided practice of “self-tracking” and the contemporary quantified self movement. In “On Modes of Digital Embodiment: Movement & the Digital,” Brown University’s Théo Lepage-Richer explores the idea of the virtual through the medium of film, combining the theories of Walter Benjamin and Jean Baudrillard to describe the various forms of embodiment now possible through emerging digital technologies.
gnovis (nō vĭs) is a peer-reviewed journal and academic blog run by graduate students in the Communication, Culture & Technology program at Georgetown University. We are an interdisciplinary platform for scholars to explore the relationships among technology, culture, media, politics, and the arts.
We publish journal issues bi-annually, at the end of each Fall and Spring semester. The blog offers a weekly forum for discussion and reflection on how academic theories relate to current events. In addition to publishing scholarly work by graduate students, gnovis acts as a resource for students with high ambitions, helping them prepare their work for publication and presentation at conferences.