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Book Review: Planetary Health and Artificial Intelligence

Book Review: Planetary Health and Artificial Intelligence


Ways of Being. Animals, Plants, Machines: The Search for a Planetary Intelligence , by James Bridle (Penguin Books, 2023) If you read the cover of James Bridle’s book, you might think it is just another essay on the ontological turn or multispecies ethnography. But James Bridle is not a philosopher or an anthropologist analyzing alternative […]
Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India

Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India


Introduction Contraceptives are considered ‘the greatest life-saving, poverty ending, women-empowering innovation ever created’ (Gates 2019, 18). ‘Family planners’ – the global constellation of bilateral and multilateral entities, governments, philanthropies, research bodies, and NGOs working in the field of family planning – rationalize investment and intervention into ‘excessive’ fertility along two lines: namely, reductions in unintended […]
Navigating the Unreal: Virtual Reality in Psychiatric Treatment

Navigating the Unreal: Virtual Reality in Psychiatric Treatment


“Three men are constantly speaking to me behind my right ear,” says Pia Oxenvad, a young woman experiencing auditory hallucinations. “It feels like they are standing right behind me,” she explains, while indicating with her right hand precisely where the voices seem to be lurking.[1] To Pia, the voices are real, an experiential and always […]
Multispecies Anxiety in France’s Bedbug Autumn

Multispecies Anxiety in France’s Bedbug Autumn


In the final evening of an archival research trip across France last September, I was thrilled to see that a cinema in Quartier Latin was screening Atlantic City (1980), one of the few films by Louis Malle that I had never watched on the big screen and was likely never going to be able to […]