"The Microbial Self"

My essay "The Microbial Self: Sensation and Sympoiesis" will be available in the Summer 2018 (5.3) issue of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. This special issue on Sensation is edited by Erica Fretwell. My essay explores the rise of what I am calling the “microbial self,” a notion of personhood in which the subject and its self-constituting sensations and affective states emerge within a spiral of interspecies interdependence. The microbial self destabilizes dominant models of liberal selfhood, which conceive of the isolated nervous system and its capacities for sensation as the basis for claims to political rights.