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The transhumanism in Africa project: exploring the remaking of a continent from cradle of humankind to the playground of our futures 
Ojochogu Abdul (Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria)
Leo Igwe (Independent Researcher, Critical Thinking Social Empowerment Foundation)
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (John Cabot University)
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Stefan Lorenz Sorgner (John Cabot University)
Ojochogu Abdul (Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria)
Kgomotsego Brenda Ramokopelwa (TAFFD’s)
Bolarinwa Harrison (KU Leuven)
Osinakachi Akuma Kalu (TAFFD's)
Anthropology (x) Futures (y)
Neues Seminargebäude, Seminarraum 14
Friday 2 June, -
Time zone: Europe/Berlin

Short Abstract:

Transhumanism seeks human enhancement through advanced technologies and this idea is gradually penetrating the African continent. Our panel explores a narrative of this transhumanist project in Africa as a remaking of the African story from the origins of humankind to the laboratory of its futures.

Long Abstract:

Transhumanism is an intellectual and cultural movement which seeks the enhancement of the human condition through advanced technology. In recent years, this worldview has witnessed growing interest from scholars and activists operating in Africa, and a conversation has opened over the project of promoting transhumanism on the African continent. One interesting narrative in philosophical anthropology building around this nascent trend is that of Africa--being the continent from which Homo Sapiens emerged and where, over a million years ago the making of stone tools at Olduvai Gorge, Rift Valley represented the first step in the great human journey of shaping ourselves and our world--now again poised as that “global workshop” space where new tools in the form of emerging technologies could be adopted, fashioned and applied to drive humankind’s next evolutionary stage. Historically, the evolution of our tools have co-developed with evolutions both of our ideas and of us as humans, and just as the stone hand axe from Africa accompanied and defined our ancestors in the worldwide spread out of Africa, so also within the “laboratory of the future” narrative Africa can again; through much technoscientific creativity and cultural (re-)imagination, be remodeled from its history as the birthplace of humanity to a new fertile playground identity for experimentation with and expansion of ideas and technologies by which its futures and the futures of our H. sapiens species may be designed. Our panel shall explore this idea/project of transhumanism in Africa in its contextualization as remaking humanity’s origins into its futures.

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Session 1 Friday 2 June, 2023, -