AboutTaylor R. Genovese draws on his background in sociocultural anthropology and political theory as a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology (HSD) program at Arizona State University, where he is pursuing his interest in the social imaginaries of human futures on Earth and in outer space. He is doing so by pulling from the intellectual and applied traditions of abolition democracy, new materialisms, critical secular studies, relational ethics, performance studies, multimodality, Marxism, and anarchism.
His dissertation work focuses on producing a genealogy of futurist discourse surrounding human immortality and space travel. He is tracing the legacy of these ideas from the Proletkult movement as well as from the Russian Cosmists, a loose-knit esoteric political-spiritual-artistic group operating in the decades surrounding the Russian Revolution. He is interested in the ways in which utopian ideas rooted in human solidarity get transmuted into the egocentric dreams of the wealthy through declensionist narratives.
Education2017–20## — Ph.D. Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.
Committee: Gaymon Bennett (Chair), Alexander Aviña, and David Graeber.
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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