The Critical Posthumanities
Lecture by Rosi Braidotti
Lecture on April 29, 2021 (on zoom)
From 12:00-14:00 (UTC+1)
This lecture rests on the assumption that contemporary posthuman scholarship in the Humanities is a convergence phenomenon unfolding at the intersection between post-humanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other. The former criticizes the idea of ‘Man’ as the allegedly universal standard-bearer for the human, whereas the latter objects to species hierarchy and human exceptionalism. Their convergence affects both the definition of the subject of knowledge and the modes of knowledge production of the academic Humanities. What are we to make of the sudden growth of new trans-disciplinary hubs that call themselves: the Environmental and Digital Humanities, the Medical, Neural and Bio-Humanities, and also the Public, Civic and Global Humanities and so on? The lecture offers both a genealogy of these Critical Posthumanities and a theoretical framework by which to assess them.
Rosi Braidotti is a contemporary Continental philosopher and feminist theorist. She is Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, where she taught since 1988. She was awarded honorary degrees from Helsinki (2007) and Linkoping (2013); is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA, 2009), and a Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE, 2014). Her main publications include Nomadic Subjects (2011), Nomadic Theory (2011), both with Columbia University Press; The Posthuman (2013) and Posthuman Knowledge (2019) with Polity Press. She co-edited Conflicting Humanities with Paul Gilroy (2016), and The Posthuman Glossary with Maria Hlavajova (2018), both with Bloomsbury Academic.
This event is organized by the Center for Culture and Technology at SDU in conjunction with the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies andthe research cluster Drone Imaginaries and Communities sponsored by the Independent Research Fund Denmark ( www.sdu.dk/da/diac) , and the research group Cultures and Affects of Science in Humanities.
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