e-Flux Architecture and the "Superhumanity" series

By Hilary Leathem

Anthropology and Philosophy

Although "Superhumanity" has since wrapped up, for those interested in how human rights resonates across the disciplines and the ways it is located in the world, I would highly recommend articles from this series. "Superhumanity" emerged out of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial and is a direct response to this biennial's theme of "Are We Human?" It brought togeter an interdisciplinary team of historians, archaeologists, artists, anthropologists, scientists, and philosophers.

Of particular interest may be Thomas Keenan's piece "Or Are We Human Beings?" (https://www.e-flux.com/architecture/superhumanity/68719/or-are-we-human-beings/) or Eyal Weizman's "Are They Human?" (http://www.e-flux.com/architecture/superhumanity/68645/are-they-human/). Weizman's piece is especially fascinating, viewing interspecies relations through the optic of human rights while exploring the post-Enlightenment "nature" and "culture" divide. At what point did we "dehumanize" nature and when exactly is nature "human?" How does this inform the sprawling web of human rights, and thus shape environmental policies?