Exposing queer biotechnology via queer archaeology: The quest to (re)construct the human body from the inside out

Authors
Citation
Ss. Rixecker, Exposing queer biotechnology via queer archaeology: The quest to (re)construct the human body from the inside out, WORLD ARCHA, 32(2), 2000, pp. 263-274
Citations number
31
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Archeology
Journal title
WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ISSN journal
0043-8243 → ACNP
Volume
32
Issue
2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
263 - 274
Database
ISI
SICI code
0043-8243(200010)32:2<263:EQBVQA>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
Relatively new endeavours in the biological and micro-sciences attempt to c onstruct and reconstruct the often diseased, disabled, or otherwise imperfe ct human body. As such, all bodies, due to their imperfections, may be labe lled 'Queer'. Queer archaeology becomes the perspective from which these ne w sites and their related artefacts may be exposed, assessed, and reconstru cted. In this way, the metaphorical use of archaeology yields potential rhe torical and discursive fields by which contemporary -not just 'ancient' -bo dies and sites may be 'unearthed'. The simultaneously virtual and real (non )corporeal contexts of biotechnology and genetic engineering enable the dev elopment of queer archaeology. This paper is an attempt to open this field of inquiry further, thereby rendering this a substantive, political, and bi ocultural topic for future excavation.