Posthuman Feminism with Rosi Braidotti
This lecture will address the so-called ‘post-human’ turn in contemporary feminist theory in the light of three main considerations: firstly the shifting perception and understanding of ‘the human’ in the Life sciences. Secondly, the effects of globalization as a system that functions by instilling processes of ‘timeless time’ and perverse, multiple time-lines. Thirdly, the impact of inhuman factors like wars and conflicts in contemporary governmentality and the new forms of discrimination they engender on a planetary scale. Last but not least, this lecture examines the implications of this historical context for progressive, affirmative politics in general and gender and feminist issues in particular.
Rosi Braidotti is currently Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities. Influenced by philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and especially "French feminist" thinker Luce Irigaray, Braidotti has brought postmodern feminism into the Information Age with her considerations of cyberspace, prosthesis, and the materiality of difference. Braidotti also considers how ideas of gender difference can affect our sense of the human/animal and human/machine divides.
This lecture is hosted by Professors Barbara Bolt and Anne Marsh.