Rosi Braidotti: Posthuman, All Too Human? This is a discussion on a ‘Cultural Political Cartography’. Essential and deep thinking on posthumanist thought and the challenge of antihumanism:
Professor Braidotti has taught at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands since 1988, when she was appointed as the founding professor in women’s studies. In 1995, she became the founding Director of the Netherlands research school of Women’s Studies, and she is now a Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities.
Professor Braidotti explains a little about this talk:
This lecture attempts a reasoned cartography of the emergence of a posthuman turn in critical theory, including feminist theory, based on the convergence of post-humanism with post-anthropocentrism. The former critiques the universalist posture of the idea of ‘Man’ as the alleged ‘measure of all things’. The latter criticizes species hierarchy and the assumption of human exceptionalism. After outlining some of genealogical sources of posthuman thought, attention will be paid to the key conceptual premises and the methodology, which calls into question some of the social constructivist premises. In the conclusion, the lecture will explore especially the implications of the posthuman turn for political subjectivity, notably in relation to non-human agents.
Technological advances, socioeconomic change, and new insights in neurology compel us to reassess our concept of human nature. The “Inhuman” symposium brings together a number of philosophical positions that question the basic assumptions of humanism.
It presents current perspectives on human subjectivity and the body that do not rely on the figure of man, transcend biological and social determinations of gender and conceive the self as inherently and permanently mutable.
Within this context, fundamental doubts arise regarding the primacy of the human being, and we recognize the need to reflect upon matter independent of the human being and develop a new materialism.
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