Grant Jun Otsuki

Lecturer in Cultural Anthropology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Tsukuba, Japan (2015-2017).
Ph.D. 2015, Social-Cultural Anthropology, University of Toronto
M.S. 2007, Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
B.Sc. Hons. 2005, Science, Technology, and Society (Minor in Physics), University of Calgary


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The question underlying my research is “What does it mean to be human in contemporary technological societies?” I take the human as an entity that comes into being through the social and material relationships that it has with its surroundings. Specifically, I look at how people attain awareness of their own humanness when their surroundings come to include technologies such as wearables and robots. I focus on the human-machine interactions at the level of sensation, perception, non-verbal communication, new media, and information. Theoretically, I draw on actor-network theory, cybernetics, and feminist posthumanism.


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