Cecilia Asberg | Posthumanities as a Feminist Challenge: Ontopolitics and the Alzheimer's Cultures of the Laboratory

The aim of this paper is to uncover points of convergence between the natural and human sciences that are affiliated to intersectional feminist interests in ontopolitics, nature and non-human agency. Feminist studies, together with other interdisciplinary fields of research, have in three decades forever changed the scope and content of sociocultural research in asking the question: what is human about the Humanities? Haunting our collective imagination in less subtle ways, Alzheimer’s disease is also about to redefine what it means to be human today. In Alzheimer’s research, and in life in the biochemistry lab (as here approached from the perspective of feminist cultural studies), this neurodegenerative disorder seems to be indexical of our contemporary human entanglement with technology, animals and the environment. Not just for women as patients, care-givers and scientists, Alzheimer’s disease seems to stress the need to develop a feminist commitment to science and biology and to ontological matters, as well as to non-human forms of life (as we might know it).