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M Bastian (2006) Haraway’s Lost Cyborg and the Possibilities of Transversalis !igns: a Journal of Women in Culture and Society #(#)$ %02&'%0 () *B This is the +a,,e-ted version’ of this arti,le$ -lease see the offi,ial version for ,itation inforation) Haraway’s Lost Cyborg and the Possibilities of Transversalis .onna Haraway’s entire body of wor/ is -ereated by her interest in finding ways of allowing heterogeneo0s a,tors to wor/ -rod0,tively together) This interest weaves its way thro0
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  M Bastian (2006) Haraway’s Lost Cyborg and the Possibilities of Transversalis ! igns: a Journal of Women in Culture and Society   #(#)$ %02&'%0   *B This is the +a,,e-ted version’ of this arti,le$ -lease see the offi,ial version for ,itation inforation Haraway’s Lost Cyborg and the Possibilities of Transversalis .onna Haraway’s entire body of wor/ is -ereated by her interest in finding ways of allowing heterogeneos a,tors to wor/ -rod,tively together This interest weaves its way throgh the ,yborg$ the Modest1itness$ and now the ,o-anion s-e,ies ithin all these figres lies the desire to develo- 3vlnerable$ on'the'grond wor/ that ,obbles together non'haronios agen,ies and ways of living that are a,,ontable both to their dis-arate inherited histories and to their barely -ossible bt absoltely ne,essary 4oint ftres5 (Haraway 200#$ &) !trangely enogh$ while Haraway’s ,oents on te,hnology have been widely e-lored$ this i-ortant wor/ on ,oalition bilding has  been largely overloo/ed 7,,ordingly$ this arti,le atte-ts to a- ot the ,ontors of a ,yborg theory of ,oalition 8 eaine Haraway’s sggestion that we st relin9ish or sense of bonded identity in order to wor/ with threatening and frightening others However$ 8 also sggest that while  be,oing ,yborgian has a--ealing -ossibilities$ it is e9ally i-ortant to nderstand the  -ain and fear that inevitably ,oin,ides with the atte-t to ,riti,ally evalate one’s own sb4e,t -osition .is,ssions of the diffi,lties of a,tally rewor/ing or ,on,e-tions of sb4e,tivity is liited in Haraway’s own wor/$ so as a res-onse to this -roble 8 see/ to  bring Haraway’s theories into ,onversation with the theoreti,al as-e,ts of transversal  -oliti,s$ as they are e-ressed by Cynthia Co,/brn and *ira :val'.avis This theory of bilding ,oalitions for -ea,e otlines soe of the -ra,ti,al isses involved in learning how to -erfor the identity wor/ ne,essary for intera,ting o-enly with others Transversalis is a -arti,larly a-t ,onversation -artner for Haraway sin,e it is a sitated %   -ra,ti,e that see/s to reain s-e,ifi, to the needs of the -arti,lar woen involved$ while also offering tools and ideas that ,an ins-ire others in their ,oalition wor/ 7s s,h it adds valable a--arats to Haraway’s -ro4e,t of nderstanding 3how worldly a,tors ight soehow be a,,ontable to and love ea,h other less violently5 (200#$ &) 7n additional benefit of this ,onversation is that transversalis also sggests a -ossible ,ontet fro whi,h we ight develo- a greater nderstanding of the ,yborg as an a,tor within a ,onity$ ,ontradi,ting ,ertain tenden,ies to see it as -riarily an individal figre ;rther$ sin,e both Haraway’s wor/ and transversal -oliti,s start fro the -reise that ,onfli,t is i-ossible to eliinate$ the ,onity i-lied by the ,on4n,tion  between the ,hallenges ,oon ,on,e-tions of ,onity as the -la,e of harony and ,onion 8nstead$ so,ial str,tres and sb4e,tivities are develo-ed that allow s to view disagreeent as a -rod,tive o--ortnity rather than soething we need to abolish 8n order to gain a ,learer idea of how disagreeent ight be viewed in a ore  -ositive light$ 8 trn to the wor/ of Linnell !e,ob and <ean'L, *an,y who$ while ,oing fro 9ite a different theoreti,al ba,/grond to both Haraway and transversalis$ nevertheless have i-ortant insights to offer to the ,onversation 8 ,on,lde by e-hasi=ing that while ade9ate theories and te,hni9es are needed for the  -ossibility of ore -rod,tive ,oni,ation$ what is also i-ortant is a -ersonal desire for ,hange that is able to withstand the diffi,lties of being ,onstantly ,hallenged withot growing defensive or self'-rote,tive Figurations  .onna Haraway’s ost faos wor/ is$ of ,orse$ her essay entitled 37 Cyborg Manifesto5 (Haraway %%b$ %  > %?%) 7t the tie of its develo-ent Haraway was ,on,erned that feinis was si-ly re4e,ting s,ien,e as as,linist and therefore forfeiting the o--ortnity to define the featres of the new integrated ,ir,it of twentieth',entry te,hnos,ien,e 8n addition$ ainstrea feinis was ,riti,i=ed by woen of ,olor$ who arged that the all'en,o-assing ,ategory of 3woan5 elided the lived realities of any woen Haraway’s notion of the ,yborg was therefore ,on,eived as a way of re,ogni=ing both of these ,riti9es of hegeoni, feinis Conse9ently$ 2  Haraway’s ,yborg -resented a way of intiately ,onne,ting feinis with te,hnos,ien,e$ and a way of envisioning -oliti,al ,oalition that did not rest on an e,lsivist notion of woan This ,ontribtion to a new way of nderstanding -oliti,al ,oalition was 4st one aong the any others Haraway has -rod,ed$ all of whi,h ,onfor to Haraway’s te,hni9e of figration This te,hni9e$ ins-ired by the wor/ of woen of ,olor$ -arti,larly @! third'world feinists$ sets ot a -oliti,s that 3rests on the ,onstr,tion of the ,ons,iosness$ the iaginative a--rehension$ of o--ression$ and so of -ossibility5 (Haraway %%a$ % ) Haraway ths atte-ts to develo- iaginative nderstandings of ,on,e-ts s,h as sb4e,tivity$ /nowledge$ and relationality that ,hallenge the traditional estern  -hiloso-hi,al view of the self and its relation to the other in order to -resent the  -ossibilities that ,oe fro seeing how we do not fit into this self'other dyad ;or ea-le$ rather than nderstanding the sb4e,t as a self',reating individal$ Haraway  -resents the sb4e,t as one who eerges throgh 3,o',onstittive relationshi-s in whi,h none of the -artners -re'eist the relating$ and the relating is never done on,e and for all5 (200#$ %2) Ths$ in des,ribing a new iaginative a--rehension or figration$ Haraway does not atte-t to develo- self'figrations whi,h wold only a--ly to individal sb4e,ts bt instead develo-s a /inshi-'networ/ that brings to light ,onne,tions that have  been rendered invisible by ,onventional estern di,hotoies (see Haraway 200#$  ' %%) @nderstanding one’s ,onne,tions to others in this way hel-s one to rewor/ these di,hotoies and ths to -ro-ose a view of ,olle,tive a,tion that dis,orages the se of divisive ,ategories as a basis for hoogeneos nity within gro-s 7n i-ortant area that Haraway wished to address in her essay 37 Cyborg Manifesto5 was the way in whi,h hegeoni, feinis had failed to wor/ in an o-en and -lral anner with nonwhite woen !he sggested that rewor/ing one’s sense of self was a ne,essary ste- towards ore in,lsive -oliti,al str,tres Her figration of the ,yborg was ths develo-ed in  -art to -rovide a ,on,e-tion of feinist ,oalitions that did not re9ire a hoogeni=ing sisterhood in order to fn,tionHowever$ the ,yborg is not Haraway’s only figration$ as The Companion Species #   Manifesto  ,onfirs 8nstead$ it eists within a ,olle,tion of other -oliti,al figres that ,onfor to Haraway’s -oliti,al te,hni9e of develo-ing visions of nsre$ heterogeneos$ desiring$ noninno,ent$ lea/y$ sitated a,tors These visions are not abstra,t theories bt 3-erforative iages that ,an be inhabited5 (%&$ %%)$ or as Aosi Braidotti -ts it$ 3a  -oliti,ally infored a,,ont of an alternative sb4e,tivity5 (% $ %) These figres are sefl be,ase they -rovide fo,s$ a -oint of referen,e That is$ 3a figre ,olle,ts - the  -eo-le a figre ebodies shared eanings in stories that inhabit their adien,es5 (Haraway %&$ 2#) ith these new ,onfigrations Haraway does not see/ to ,reate  -eranent identity or ,losre bt to allow ,onfli,ting ,on,e-ts to intera,t in order to see what ight be -rod,ed Ths figrations are iagined in order to hold together 3,ontradi,tions that do not resolve into larger wholes5 be,ase ea,h idea$ althogh ,onfli,ting$ ight be 3ne,essary and tre5 (Haraway %%b$ % ) ;igrations do not tell s what to do rather$ they -rovide a fraewor/ within whi,h everyday de,isions ight  be ade differently They sggest a different way of orienting oneself within one’s environent by offering -ossibilities of nderstanding and a,ting that are not ne,essarily able to be seen within another frae of referen,e;igrations are able to -erfor this wor/ by revealing the nderlying ass-tions of s-e,ifi, dis,orses and showing the ways in whi,h these dis,orses fail or ,ontradi,t theselves Ths$ develo-ing a figration involves loo/ing for those a-orias or i-assable ga-s in /nowledge that 3-rovo/e a s-a,e of -ossibility -re,isely be,ase things don’t wor/ soothly anyore5 (Haraway 2000$ %%) 8nto these ga-s Haraway inserts tri,/ster figres The ost a-t will thrive on the glit,hes that inevitably o,,r in any /nowledge syste and will denatrali=e the ,oonsense feel of its ideology ;igration entails loo/ing for a way to ,ase the seioti, e,hani,s of a ,ertain ideology not to sto-$ bt to reasseble and wor/ differently 7n i-ortant as-e,t of this te,hni9e is the eleent of en4oyent ;or Haraway$ rethin/ing dis,rsive bondaries is both serios -lay and -layflly serios !eeing theoreti,al wor/ in this way gards against the -ossibility of be,oing too atta,hed to one’s ideas$ too arrogant$ or of ta/ing oneself too seriosly 8ndeed$ while reading
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