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Henriksen, L. (2016). In the Company of Ghosts: Hauntology, Ethics, Digital Monsters. (Doctoral dissertation). Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In the Company of Ghosts: Hauntology, Ethics, Digital Monsters
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
I sällskap av spöken : Hauntologi, etik, digitala monster
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s ’hauntology’ through the lens of digital monsters and feminist theory.

Hauntology – a pun on ‘ontology’ and ‘haunting’ – offers an ethics based on responsibility towards that which cannot be said to fully exist, yet has an effect on our everyday lives nonetheless. Like the figure of the ghost, such undecidable existences are neither absent nor present, here nor gone, of the past or the future. In other words: they haunt.

By engaging with hauntology through contemporary stories of digital monsters – such as The Curious Case of Smile.jpg, Welcome to Night Vale and Mushroom Land TV - the thesis discusses how such troubling hauntings might be imagined, and what it means to think an ethics based on responsibility towards the undecidable. In this way, the thesis brings together hauntology and digital media, arguing that thinking with and through the figure of the ghost as well as the digital monster may lead to different and critical ways of imagining both the world and ethics.

In short, drawing upon feminist theory and creative writing, the thesis maps out a relational ethics of hauntings and internet story-telling.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling utforskar den franske filosofen Jacques Derridas ’hauntologi’ genom digitala monster och feministisk teori.

Hauntologi - en ordlek på ontology och haunting - erbjuder en etik som bygger på ansvar gentemot det som inte kan sägas helt existera, men ändå har en effekt på vårt dagliga liv. Liksom figuren ’spöket’ är sådana obestämbara existenser varken frånvarande eller närvarande, här eller borta, i det förflutna eller framtiden. Med andra ord: de hemsöker.

Genom analyser av samtida berättelser om digitala monster - som The Curious Case of Smile.jpg, Welcome to Night Vale och Mushroom Land TV - diskuterar avhandlingen hur sådan oroande hemsökelser kan bli föreställda, och vad det innebär att tänka en etik baserad på ansvar gentemot det obestämbara. På detta sätt sammanför avhandlingen hauntologi och digitala medier ihop för att argumentera att akten att tänka med och genom spöket som figur och det digitala monstret kan leda till annorlunda och kritiska sätt att föreställa sig både världen och etik på.

Avhandlingen bygger på feministisk teori och kreativt skrivande för att utforska en relationell etik baserad på hemsökelser och internet-berättelser.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2016. p. 207
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 668
Keywords
Hauntology, monster, ghost, spectralities, Monster Studies, feminist theory, ethics, digital media, internet, Welcome to Night Vale, Mushroom Land TV, creepypasta, Hauntologi, monster, spöke, spectralities, monster studier, feministisk teori, etik, digitala medier, internet, Welcome to Night Vale, Mushroom Land TV, creepypasta
National Category
Gender Studies Philosophy Media Studies Human Aspects of ICT
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-127021 (URN)10.3384/diss.diva-127021 (DOI)978-91-7685-842-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2016-05-13, TEMCAS, TEMA building, Campus Valla, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2016-04-12 Created: 2016-04-12 Last updated: 2016-04-28Bibliographically approved
Radomska, M. & Henriksen, L. (2015). Missing Links and Non/Human Queerings: an Introduction. Somatechnics, 5(2), 113-119
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Missing Links and Non/Human Queerings: an Introduction
2015 (English)In: Somatechnics, ISSN 2044-0138, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 113-119Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, questions regarding the ontological status of the human have been raised with renewed interest and imagination within various fields of critical thought. In the face of biotechnological findings and increasingly advanced technologies that connect as well as disturb settled boundaries, whether geographical or bodily, not to mention philosophical questionings of traditional western humanism, the boundaries of the human subject have been contested. The human body, traditionally imagined as closed and autonomous, has been opened up to a world of forces and agencies that are strange, other and often deeply disturbing when viewed from an anthropocentric standpoint.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015
Keywords
gender, sex, human, non-human, somatechnics, body, ethics
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126237 (URN)10.3366/soma.2015.0156 (DOI)
Available from: 2016-03-21 Created: 2016-03-21 Last updated: 2016-04-07
Henriksen, L. (2015). Smile Guide: ethics of the ghostly smile. In: : . Paper presented at Tema Genus Mini-Symposium: Death and Corpses. 23 February 2015, Linköping University, Sweden..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smile Guide: ethics of the ghostly smile
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Gender, death, dying, corpse, monster, spectre, ghost, hauntology, Derrida, Mushroom Land TV, Smile Guide
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114929 (URN)
Conference
Tema Genus Mini-Symposium: Death and Corpses. 23 February 2015, Linköping University, Sweden.
Available from: 2015-03-05 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2017-08-25
Henriksen, L. (2014). A Short Bestiary of Creatures from the Web. In: Sally R. Munt and Olu Jenzen (Ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures: . Ashgate
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Short Bestiary of Creatures from the Web
2014 (English)In: The Ashgate Research Companion to Paranormal Cultures / [ed] Sally R. Munt and Olu Jenzen, Ashgate, 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ashgate, 2014
Keywords
Gender studies, posthumanities, ethics, horror, internet, monster
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104895 (URN)978-1-4724-0612-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-03-02 Created: 2014-03-02 Last updated: 2015-06-02
Henriksen, L. (2014). "Come, so that I may Chase you Away!": On Ghost Hunts and Posthuman Ethics. Somatechnics, 4, 39-52
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Come, so that I may Chase you Away!": On Ghost Hunts and Posthuman Ethics
2014 (English)In: Somatechnics, ISSN 2044-0138, Vol. 4, p. 39-52Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

‘Creepypastas’ are short horror stories that circulate online, spreading through the act of copying and pasting, and often threatening to ‘curse’ the reader in the process. In this article I explore what it might mean to strike up companionship with and show responsibility towards that which is considered non-existent yet, as in the case of creepypasta and its monsters, hauntingly present nonetheless. I do so through the framework of Jacques Derrida's ‘hauntology’ as well as Donna Haraway's work on responsibility as a question of how to respond to the response of the non/human other. The question I would like to ask is this: how might one respond to the response of the non/human other, if the non/human other is considered to not exist?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh University Press, 2014
Keywords
Gender Studies, feminist theory, posthumanities, posthuman, ethics, internet, creepypasta, hauntology, ghost, spectre, deconstruction, horror, Haraway, Derrida
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104897 (URN)10.3366/soma.2014.0111 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-03-02 Created: 2014-03-02 Last updated: 2015-06-02Bibliographically approved
Henriksen, L. (2014). Of Ghost Ships and Cannibal Rats: imagining an ethics for the depths and dangers of the world wide web. In: : . Paper presented at NORA conference - Voices in Nordic Gender Research. November 5-7, 2014, Roskilde University, Denmark.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Of Ghost Ships and Cannibal Rats: imagining an ethics for the depths and dangers of the world wide web
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Gender, feminist theory, hauntology, Derrida, monster, spectre, ghost, Lyubov Orlava
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114918 (URN)
Conference
NORA conference - Voices in Nordic Gender Research. November 5-7, 2014, Roskilde University, Denmark
Available from: 2015-03-05 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2017-08-25
Henriksen, L. (2014). The Broken Promises of Monsters: or how to eat your creepypasta well. In: : . Paper presented at 35th International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, 19-23 March, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Broken Promises of Monsters: or how to eat your creepypasta well
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Keywords
Gender, monster, spectre, ghost, creepypasta, Derrida, Donna Haraway, ethics, feminist theory, internet, digital media
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114882 (URN)
Conference
35th International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts, 19-23 March, 2014, Orlando, Florida, USA.
Available from: 2015-03-05 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-20
Henriksen, L. (2014). What Lurks beneath the Waves: a sea voyage. In: : . Paper presented at Life Matters: Affect, Sex, and Control. Linköping University, May 26-28 2014.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What Lurks beneath the Waves: a sea voyage
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Gender, feminist theory, digital media, ethics, hauntology, spectre, monster, Derrida
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114916 (URN)
Conference
Life Matters: Affect, Sex, and Control. Linköping University, May 26-28 2014
Available from: 2015-03-05 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2017-08-25
Henriksen, L. (2013). Here be monsters: a choreomaniac's companion to the danse macabre. Women & Performance, 23(3), 414-423
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Here be monsters: a choreomaniac's companion to the danse macabre
2013 (English)In: Women & Performance, ISSN 0740-770X, E-ISSN 1748-5819, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 414-423Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Consider this a vade mecum: an invitation to “walk with me” through more or less uncanny terrains of worlds in the making in search, of(f) course, of monsters. The search will be delving into the areas of “creepypasta:” pieces of cursed prose and pictures that circulate online, waiting to contaminate and possess the next reader. Using a theoretical framework of posthuman and feminist theory, not least the work done by Jacques Derrida and Donna Haraway, this vade mecum asks what it might mean to engage ethically with that which is not supposed to exist, but which haunts us nonetheless. In other words: what does it mean to move, live and engage with spectres in digital times?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2013
Keywords
Gender Studies, feminist theory, deconstruction, hauntology, internet, creepypasta, horror, creative writing, ghost, spectre
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104896 (URN)10.1080/0740770X.2013.857082 (DOI)
Available from: 2014-03-02 Created: 2014-03-02 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Henriksen, L. (2013). On Memes and Monsters: or: how to eat your creepypasta well. In: : . Paper presented at Tema Genus Mini-Symposium: Monstrous Encounters - Embodiment, Technology, Ethics. 13 February 2013, Linköping University..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On Memes and Monsters: or: how to eat your creepypasta well
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
Gender, spectre, monster, ghost, digital media, meme, Derrida, Haraway, feminist theory
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-114925 (URN)
Conference
Tema Genus Mini-Symposium: Monstrous Encounters - Embodiment, Technology, Ethics. 13 February 2013, Linköping University.
Available from: 2015-03-05 Created: 2015-03-05 Last updated: 2015-03-18
Organisations
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-4902-624X

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