How do technologies change the ways we live in the world? In answering this question, I examine both advanced technologies such as “the Internet of things” and mundane, everyday technologies, such as the bicycle. I argue that just we create technologies, technologies also create who we are as subjects and bodies in the world.
I bring this mode of inquiry into my teaching, research, and activist work.
I coined the term “technologies of naturalization” as a way to describe how certain contribute to our understanding of what a natural body–or nature itself–is. This term describes the ways that technologies actually help us realize our “true” selves. It can be something as simple as prescription glasses that help restore our “natural” eyesight, or something as advanced as training devices that help an athlete realize their “inherent” natural abilities. I put the words above in quotation marks to point toward the ways that concepts such as a true self or a natural/inherent ability relies on technologies in practice.
To read more about the concept of technologies of naturalization, see my article, Body Like a Rocket: Performing Technologies of Naturalization that uses the LZR racer swimsuit used in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a case study to exemplify this theory.