Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies

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Title Intractosoma: Toward an Epistemology of Complexity Based on Intra-acting Bodies
Creator Suryanarayanan, Sainath; University of Wisconsin-Madison
Subject STS; feminist studies
politics of knowledge and ignorance; feminist epistemologies; complexity; human-nonhuman relations; body; posthuman
Description In this essay, I argue for an epistemology of complexity that is centered on intra-acting—always already interacting and becoming—bodies. I utilize analyses of the politics of knowledge concerning honey bee declines and gene-environment interaction research to outline a feminist-oriented epistemology in terms of multisensorial corporealities that I call “intractosoma.” I argue that re-organizing the production of observation, reduction, and difference along the lines of an intractosomal epistemology of complexity would lead to a more accurate understanding of complex phenomena, and entail a different politics in which the constructed distance between observers and observed can no longer absolve observers of “response-ability.” By shifting the locus of concern to always already enmeshed bodies, I seek to open analyses to a plurality of observers with their associated blind-spots and power dynamics, and a multiplicity of forms of knowing and becoming, beyond instrumentation, computation and quantification..
Publisher The Society for Social Studies of Science
Contributor National Science Foundation Award No. 1257175
Date 2016-12-04
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer-reviewed Article
Format application/pdf
Source Engaging Science, Technology, and Society; Vol 2 (2016); 322-330
Language eng

Rights Copyright (c) 2016 Sainath Suryanarayanan

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