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Director's Seminar: What is the Human in the Humanities Today?

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, 15 November 2018

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We are joined by Professor Rosi Braidotti, contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician, for a Director's Seminar

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

UCL Institute for Global Prosperity
02031086608

Location

131
Medical Sciences
A V Hill LT
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

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About

This lecture explores the multiplication of meanings and understandings of the human in contemporary academic and public discussions. I begin by situating these debates within the posthuman turn in the contemporary critical Humanities, which I define as the convergence between post-humanism and post-anthropocentrism. The former critiques the universalist ideal of Man as the measure of all things, while the latter critiques species hierarchy. My argument is both critical and affirmative and it addresses posthuman scholarship not as a symptom of crisis, but rather as a vital regeneration of the field. What are the parameters that define posthuman subjects of knowledge? To what an extent do new contemporary development, such as for instance Environmental and the Digital Humanities introduce new visions of the human? What is posthuman ethical accountability in scholarship today?

Speaker

Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. Her publications include: Patterns of Dissonance, 1991; Metamorphoses, 2002; Transpositions, 2006; La philosophie, la ou on ne l'attend pas, 2009; Nomadic Subjects, 1994 and 2011a; Nomadic Theory, 2011b; The Posthuman, 2013. She recently co-edited Conflicting Humanities (2016) with Paul Gilroy and The Posthuman Glossary (2018) with Maria Hlavajova. See also: www.rosibraidotti.com