- Ankita Sarkar
Updated: May 23
Ankita Sarkar is a research scholar from West Bengal, India, passionate about art, literature and fashion, trying to find her voice in the contemplative pauses of self musing. She is interested in knowing if the posthumanist approach is capable of bringing changes to the world. And in these times, when life ceased to exist as we knew it, the escapades into the wild imagination keep her going. She is the co-author of Thoughts After Midnights, Caravan and Before the Sunset.
Humanists believe man is omnipotent and that if there's a hierarchy in the world, then man is at the top of the world. But posthumanism believes in multi-species kinship- animate or inanimate(there is no hierarchy). There's no difference between human beings and nonhuman beings. They tend to think that no self's different from others and that there's only a network and everything is a part of that network. Whereas humanism believes in the concept of binary(human/nonhuman), and the nonhuman creatures are at the periphery. So posthumanism is trying to replace this "/" sign with a "-", and it's an endeavour to acknowledge that.
Creating something anew has fascinated man ever since the early days of evolution; a quest for curiosity, creation, and thinking that they are the most powerful being in the world has moulded man continuously into the being they are now. I intend to locate the ideas where humanists' tendencies dismantle to re-examine the relationship between the human and the self by understanding the psychology of the humanist. Find out the transition from humanism to posthumanism and if we face the uncanny sensation while taking the journey of freeing the self from the hurdle of humanism? And if the suppressed desire is leading us towards a posthumanist notion.