Posthuman Phenomenologies for Planetary Bodies of Water

  • Astrida Neimanis

From Embodiment to Bodies of Water

Our blood, biles, humours; our lubrications and ingestions; the rivulets that make their way from our inside to out, from watery womb to watery world – we are bodies of water. As such, we are not on the one hand embodied (with all of the cultural and metaphysical investments of this concept) while on the other hand primarily constituted of water (with all of the attendant biological, chemical and physiological implications). Rather we are both of these things at once – mostly made of watery matter, as well as an expression of water as a conceptual figure. We live at the site of exponential material meaning that emerges where embodiment meets water.

Imagining or figuring our human embodiment in terms of “bodies of water” presents three challenges to a humanist understanding of embodiment, which are useful for thinking about bodies in an ecologically-oriented, feminist posthumanities perspective. In the first place, “bodies of water” trouble the idea of...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Sydney, Department of Gender and Cultural StudiesCamperdownAustralia

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