AboutTaylor R. Genovese is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program at Arizona State University, where he draws on his background in sociocultural anthropology, political theory, and religious studies in order to pursue his interest in the social imaginaries of human immortality and resurrection on Earth and in outer space.
His dissertation research examines the elective affinities between the techno-theology of Russian Cosmism and the constructed secularity of Silicon Valley transhumanist movements with regard to matters of technology, immortality, and engagements with eschatological utopias. In particular, he is investigating not only the overlaps and continuities between these two trans-temporal communities, but also the equally striking disjunctions and distortions between their ethos and political economies. Ultimately, he’s interested in the ways in which utopian ideas rooted in human solidarity and care get transmuted into the egocentric dreams of the wealthy.
Education2017–20## — Ph.D. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Committee: Gaymon Bennett (Chair), Alexander Aviña, Lisa Messeri, and Jason Ānanda Josephson Storm.
2015–2017 — M.A. Anthropology (with Distinction)
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona.
Thesis: The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space & the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos
Advisor: Miguel L. Vásquez
2011–2013 — B.A. Anthropology (magna cum laude and with Honors; minor: Classics)
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
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