Book Talk: Erika Quinn and Holly Yanacek on “Animals, Machines, and AI“

Book Talk: Erika Quinn and Holly Yanacek on “Animals, Machines, and AI“

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What does it mean to be human? How can other forms of being, such
as non-human animals or algorithms, help us understand what makes
humanity unique? Such questions are central to posthumanist
research, which has been proliferating in recent years across the
humanities and social sciences.

Yet they are anything but new: as Erika Quinn and Holly Yanacek
show in their recent book “Animals, Machines, and AI“,
philosophy, literature, and the visual arts have been fascinated
by non-human forms of life and interrogated received
understandings of the human for centuries.

Myrto Aspioti sat down for a virtual chat with the volume editors
on the challenges of writing a book about our relationship to
machines and animals just as Covid-19 hit, forcing us all behind
screens and in the sole company of our beloved pets.

Link to the book:

The editors:

Dr. Erika Quinn is Professor of History at Eureka College. Her
research interests lie in Central European cultural history,
focusing on subjectivity and the history of emotions. Her book,
Franz Liszt: A Story of Central European Subjectivity, was
published by Brill in 2014. She has also published articles on
twentieth-century war widowhood and gender in the Journal of
First World War Studies, the Women in German Yearbook, and

Dr. Holly Yanacek is Assistant Professor of German at James
Madison University. Her research focuses on emotion, narration,
gender, ethics, and the non-human in 19th- to 21st-century
Germanophone literature and culture. Her previous research has
been supported by grants from Fulbright, the German Historical
Institute, and the DAAD, and she has recently published articles
in German Life and Letters, Monatshefte, and Novel: A Forum on
Fiction. Yanacek co-edited (with Colin MacCabe) the collaborative
book Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary (Oxford
University Press, 2018).

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