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Picturizing the scattered ontologies of Alzheimers disease: Towards a materialist feminist approach to visual technoscience studies
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (the posthumanities hub)
University of California Berkeley, USA.
2010 (English)In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES, ISSN 1350-5068, Vol. 17, no 4, 323-345 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Alzheimers disease (AD) is emerging into public view in unprecedented ways. Foremost among these is the embodied form of elderly men and women appearing in commercial imagery for patient advocacy groups or pharmaceutical advertisements, but scientific imagery also seeps into the visual media cultures that surround us. The recent reconfiguration of Alzheimers disease is due to expanding ageing populations, an aggressive biopharmaceutical industry becoming a fast-growing material-semiotic realm that is providing powerful images of both gendered and racialized embodiment. Such a visual, and yet highly material, realm is in need of feminist interventions, engaging with the images and ideas that circulate around ageing, medicine, human and non-human embodiment. From a non-representationalist (figural realist) and posthumanist perspective identified as feminist visual studies of technoscience, the authors seek to further the discussion in the direction of understanding the scattered ontologies of Alzheimers - in laboratory practice, the realm of medical media and in commercial appeals to coherent individuality and human cognition - as gendered domains of figural reality and performative matter.

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Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 17, no 4, 323-345 p.
Keyword [en]
Alzheimers disease, feminist technoscience studies, figural realism, gender, material-semiotics, post-constructionism, posthumanities, scattered ontologies, visual cultures
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Social Sciences Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62742DOI: 10.1177/1350506810377695ISI: 000283845200003OAI: diva2:374215
Available from: 2010-12-03 Created: 2010-12-03 Last updated: 2012-11-08

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