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Transhumanism and Africa


Trivent Publishing, H-1119 Budapest, Etele u. 59-61

Imprint: Trivent Transhumanism

Imprint head: Stefan Lorenz Sorgner, John Cabot University


Ojochogwu Abdul, Prince Abubakar Audu University

Leo Igwe, Critical Thinking Social Empowerment Foundation


Rapid and transformative advancements in science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries present abilities to reshape human bodies and minds, and are forcing an integral redefinition of the notion of the human. Transhumanism, an intellectual and cultural movement which seeks the enhancement of the human condition through advanced technology, has been witnessing growth over the last few decades as a key philosophy of life for engineering and making sense of these coming changes to the definition, species and life-world of the “human”. Emerging technologies and the transhumanist movement have, furthermore, begun recently to penetrate into Africa with a series of attendant and significant promises and challenges, and these developments are currently raising both interest, excitement, and suspicion among a number of African(-ist) scholars.

The book series, Africa and Transhumanism, is a collective platform for the initiation, promotion, and flourishing of the literature and conversation on transhumanism in, and in relation to, the African world. It aims to provide an intellectual public space for ideas, reflections, expressions, debates, dialogues, responses and projections by scholars of African origin and/or with an African perspective in engaging with the developing set of issues, challenges, risks and opportunities posed by both emerging, human enhancement technologies and the philosophy of transhumanism most pertinently as they intersect with the worldviews, realities, lived experiences, histories, visions, aspirations and creations of Africa and Africans.  The subjects of African agency within a global transhumanist movement; the impact of emerging technologies on the African condition and future(s); bridging the African continent and African Diaspora on concepts of futurism; (in)compatibility of African thought-systems and ideas with transhumanism; African philosophical, cultural and socio-political reactions to the trends and implications of human enhancement; and as well questions of Africa’s scientific and technological readiness for or prospects in transhumanism, all comprise the primary, though not exclusive, concerns of the series. Consisting of monographs, edited volumes and conference proceedings, the series promotes the “Transhumanism and Africa” discussion from a transdisciplinary approach, and therefore shall welcome rich and critical works from philosophy, African studies, futures studies, arts, humanities, and the social sciences, as they connect with specified themes and the overall focus of the publication.

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