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Mathias Levi Toft Kristiansen


Mathias Levi Toft Kristiansen

Rumsnummer: E602a
Postadress: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

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Box 700
405 30 Göteborg
Besöksadress: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 413 14 Göteborg

Om Mathias Levi Toft Kristiansen

My PhD research examines human enhancement, self-experimentation, masculinity, and vulnerability in Silicon Valley. I investigate how bodily practices such as biohacking, self-tracking, cryotherapy, fasting, dieting and Crossfit intersect with techno-capitalism and entrepreneurial norms about risk, productivity, and performance. I am interested in the ways that tech-entrepreneurs attempt to overcome their own limitations by constantly experimenting with optimizing, augmenting and altering their bodies and biology. I explore bodily experimentation as a highly social practice and consider what these practices reveal about biopolitics, gender dynamics and power in the San Francisco Bay Area. My research is driven by a fundamental curiosity about how humans come to understand their bodies as malleable and improveable, as well as how and why they engage in bodily experimentation as an existential project.

I hold a B.A in Applied Philosophy and Anthropology from Aalborg University and an M.Sc in Anthropology from Aarhus University.

Research interests

Thematic: human enhancement, biohacking, biopolitics, medical anthropology, sensory ethnography, transhumanism, sports, masculinity, fraternities, entrepreneurship, technology, capitalism

Regional: Silicon Valley, California, United States

Sidansvarig: Linda Genborg|Sidan uppdaterades: 2014-03-14

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