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Freeze, Die, Come to Life. The many paths to immortality in post-Soviet Russia
Lecture | April 17 | 2-4 p.m. | 221 Kroeber Hall
Through practices such as cryonics and plans to build ro, botic bodies for future "consciousness transfer," the Russian transhumanist movement has engendered competing practices of immortality as well as ontological debates over the immortal body and person. Drawing on an ethnography of these practices and plans, I explore controversies around rehgion and secularism within the movement as well as the conflict between transhu, manists and the Russian Orthodox Church. I argue that the core issues in debates over the role of religion via,.a,vis immortality derive from diverse assumptions being made about "the human," which- from prerevolutionary esoteric futurist movements through the Soviet secularist project and into the present day-has been and remains a profoundly plastic project.
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