The Cyborg Mermaid

The Cyborg Mermaid – or: how technè can help the misfits fit in and stand out!

In feminist studies, the figure of the mermaid has long been regarded as flawed, disabled and less-than-human. Her theoretical counterpart in that respect would be the cyborg, an image used to show that with the help of robotics, humankind could be larger than life. So, what would happen if we could combine those two images and apply them to create “super love” more-than-human relationships? In my PhD, I am exploring the possibilities of technology for “mermaids”, people who normally fall outside the norm, to satisfy human desires in a new way.

Publications in English (selection):

Mussies, Martine, and Emiel Maliepaard. “The Cyborg Mermaid (or: How Technè Can Help the Misfits Fit In)Multimodal Technologies and Interaction 1.1 (2017): 4.

Mussies, Martine. “A mermaid’s song in distortion: The recreation of ancient myth by a medieval metal band.” Metal Music Studies 5.1 (2019): 115-125.

Mussies, Martine. “Frankenstein and The Lure: Border Crossing Creatures through a Feminist Lens.” Foundation 47.130 (2018): 47-58.

Mussies, Martine. “Posidaeja and Mami Wata: The online afterlives of two mermaid goddesses.” Shima 16.2 (2022): 186-196.

Mussies, Martine. “The Siren’s Lure—A Starbucks influencer marketing case study.” (2021).

Publications in Dutch (selection):

“Het universum in haar broekzak” ‒ over online metamorfoses van Keltische meerminnen

Keltische meerminnen: tussen verlangen en vrees

Welshe Weemoed

Hoe Keltisch is Ondine?

Wereldbeelden vol zeemonsters

De “fantastische” geografie van De Kleine Zeemeermin

Meirminnen – Louis Couperus & Maria Zwollo

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