MAS.963 Techno-identity: Who we are and how we perceive ourselves and others

Spring 2002

Defining a person through their books, an abstract image.
Defining a person through objects, in this case books. Image inspired by the work of Danah Boyd. See Assignment 8 in the Projects section. (Image by Keith McCluskey.)

Course Highlights

This course challenges students to re-think the nature of identity and perception in relation to new technology.  The projects section contains a thorough set of examples of the work of this class, and the readings section lists resources for more in-depth study.

Course Description

The nature of human identity - how we think of ourselves, how we perceive others - is a mutable concept, changing with the rise and fall of religious beliefs, social mores, philosophical theories. Today, we live in a world in which science and technology are among the most powerful forces reshaping our culture - and thus our definitions and perceptions of identity. In this seminar, we will examine the impact of science and technology on identity.

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Prof. Judith Donath

Course Meeting Times

One session / week
3 hours / session