Samson, Audrey; Muldtofte, Lea; Soon, Winnie; Snodgrass, Eric and Gallardo, Francisco. 2018. Execution. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 141-145. ISBN 9781350030244 [Book Section]

Execution_Posthuman-glossary_2017.pdf - Published Version

Download (5MB) | Preview

Abstract or Description

Execution is a function that operates within a range of systems, such as language, computation or biology. This contribution traces a few of these instantiations of execution in order to highlight the materially discursive quality of any particular executing system, with the discussion moving from law and guillotine, language to langue, computer instruction and memory. In each case tracing the way in which execution produces situated posthuman couplings in a dynamic ensemble of such conjugating systems.

Item Type:

Book Section

Additional Information:

Authorship of the book chapter is credited to the Critical Software Thing collective.

Contributors to the chapter are Audrey Samson, Lea Muldtofte, Winnie Soon, Eric Snodgrass and Francisco Gallardo as part of the Critical Software Thing collective.


Non-human Agency, Mattering, Ecosophy, Extinction, Necropolitics, Violence

Departments, Centres and Research Units:



22 February 2018Published

Item ID:


Date Deposited:

09 Dec 2019 16:23

Last Modified:

11 Dec 2019 14:09



View statistics for this item...

Edit Record Edit Record (login required)