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Madeleine Chalmers

DPhil French Literature, Trinity College

My research interests centre on technology as a mode of relation. My DPhil project explores how avant-garde French literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries negotiate the increasingly tight imbrication of technology into human life, and the challenge it poses to how we think about ourselves, our relationship to others and to our world. My project seeks to place these texts of the past in dialogue with current philosophical reflections on technology, to explore how this encounter can help us to think about our technological present, and future. At its core is a probing of the thinkability of life itself, as it extends into the world and into connections with other agents – and a belief that fiction not only shapes our understanding, but also intervenes to effect concrete change in our lifeworlds.