Monograph

The Techno-Apparatus of Bodily Production. A New Materialist Theory of Technology and the Body

What if the terms "technology" and "the body" did not refer to distinct phenomena interacting in one way or another? What if we understood their relationship as far more intimate – technologies as always already embodied, material bodies as always already technologized? What would it mean, then, to understand the relationship between technology and the body as a relation of indeterminacy? Expanding on the concept of the apparatus of bodily production in the work of Donna Haraway and Karen Barad, Josef Barla explores how material bodies along with their boundaries, properties, and meanings performatively materialize at sites where technological, biological, technoscientific, (bio-)political, and economic forces intra-act.

Barla, Josef (2019). The Techno-Apparatus of Bodily Production. A New Materialist Theory of Technology and the Body, Bielefeld: transcript.


Further Information


Journal Articles

Barla, J. (2021). “Beyond reflexivity and representation: diffraction as a methodological sensitivity in science studies.” Distinktion: Journal of Social Theory, https://doi.org/10.1080/1600910X.2021.1934506

Barla, J. and Christoph Hubatschke (2018). “Technoecologies of Borders: Thinking With Borders as Multispecies Matters of Care.” Australian Feminist Studies 32 (94): 395-410.


Edited Books

Barla, J. et al. (2012). Gewalt und Handlungsmacht: Queer_Feministische Perspektiven. Frankfurt am Main und New York: Campus. (Together with the GIK Fellows).


Book Chapters

Barla, J. (2016). “Verschränkungen von Gewicht. Von Verbindungen zu Un/Bestimmtheiten.” In Parahuman. Neue Perspektiven auf das Leben mit Technik. Eds. Karin Harrasser and Susanne Rößinger. Köln: Böhlau, 164–173.

Barla, J. (2015). “‘Ihr wortlos Lied, vielstimmig, scheinbar eins’: Die Frage nach dem Politischen in Bruno Latours Technikphilosophie.” In Technik und Politik. Von Benjamin und Deleuze bis Latour und Haraway. Ed. Mona Singer. Wien: Löcker, 88–115.

Barla, J. (2014). “Apparate körperlicher Produktion und die Materialität der Figuration.” In Critical Matter: Diskussionen eines neuen Materialismus. Eds. Tobias Goll, Daniel Keil, and Thomas Helios. Münster: edition assemblage, 148–164.

Barla, J. (2012). “Flucht und Migration als Kritik?” In Gewalt und Handlungsmacht: Queer_Feministische Perspektiven. Ed. Gender Initiativkolleg Wien. Frankfurt/M. and New York: Campus, 196–203.

Barla, J., and Fabian Steinschaden (2012). “Kapitalistische Quasi-Objekte. Zu einer Latourschen Lesart Marx‘ Ausführungen zur Maschine.” In: Crossing Borders: | Thinking (across) Boundaries. Eds. Alfred Dunshirn, Elisabeth Nemeth, Gerhard Unterthurner. Wien: Œsterreichische Gesellschaft für Philosophie, 361–370.


Reviews

Barla, J., and Ines Handler (2016). Review essay of “Extinction. A Radical History” by Ashley Dawson and “Imagining Extinction. The Cultural Meaning of Endangered Species” by Ursula K. Heise, Das Argument 323: Krise des Politischen (I), 435–438.

Barla, J., and Christoph Hubatschke (2016). “Walter Benjamin. Radio Benjamin” ed. by Lecia Rosenthal, Das Argument 314: Wege des Marxismus-Feminismus, 736–737.

Barla, J. (2015). “Death of the PostHuman: Essays on Extinction, Vol. 1.” by Claire Colebrook, Das Argument 312: Literatur und geschichtliche Erfahrung, 260–261.

Barla, J. (2014). “Posthumanismus” by Rosi Braidotti, Das Argument 309: Kritisch-literarische Praxis, 575–577.

Barla, J. (2013). “Die Wiederkehr der Dinge” ed. by Friedrich Balke, Maria Muhle, and Andrea von Schöning, Das Argument 304: Marxismus und Philosophie, 755–757.

Barla, J. (2013). “Agentieller Realismus” by Karen Barad, Das Argument 301: Neugründung Europas als passive Revolution, 269–270.


Translations

Barla, J. und Katharina Maly. (2018). “Die Versuchungen. Donna Haraway, feministische Objektivität und die Frage der Kritik” (The Temptations: Donna Haraway, Feminist Objectivity, and the Problem of Critique, by Heather Love). In Wessen Wissen? Materialität und Situiertheit in den Künsten. Eds. Kathrin Busch, Christina Dörflinger, Kathrin Peters, and Ildiko Szántó. Paderborn: Fink, 115-134.

Barla, J. und Katharina Maly. (2016). “Real werden. Technowissenschaftliche Praktiken und die Materialisierung der Realität” (Getting Real: Technoscientific Practices and the Materialization of Reality, by Karen Barad). In Gender & Medien-Reader. Eds. Kathrin Peters and Andrea Seier. Zürich: diaphanes, 515–540.

Barla, J. und Katharina Maly. (2016). “Fötus. Das virtuelle Spekulum in der Neuen Weltordnung” (Fetus: The Virtual Speculum in the New World Order, by Donna Haraway). In Gender & Medien-Reader. Eds. Kathrin Peters and Andrea Seier. Zürich: diaphanes, 249–278.


Other

Barla, J. and Christoph Hubatschke. (2019). “Governing the Flows of Information in Surveillance Societies.” In: Many Worlds, Many Nets, Many Visions. Critical Voices, Visions and Vectors for Internet Governance. Eds. Katharina Mosene and Matthias C. Kettemann. Berlin: Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, 38.

Barla, J. (2018). „Anthropocene.“ In: Sam Skinner und David Gauthier (Hg.): New Materialism Almanac.

Barla, J. (2018). „Technology/Technicity/Techné.“ In: Sam Skinner und David Gauthier (Hg.): New Materialism Almanac.

Barla, J. (2017). „Cyborg.“ In: Sam Skinner und David Gauthier (Hg.): New Materialism Almanac.

Barla, J., Peta Hinton und Tara Mehrabi (2015). “New Materialisms/New Colonialisms.” Proceedings of ISCH COST Action IS1307 New Materialism working group two New Materialism on the Crossroads of the Natural and Human Sciences.