- Created on Friday, 12 September 2014 14:58
Symposium and exhibition on Rosi Braidotti's work
Co-organized by Atria and the Centre for the Humanities of Utrecht University
DATE: 6 November 2014
TIME: 17:00 – 19:00 h with an opening of an exhibition afterwards
LOCATION: Atria, institute on gender equality and women's history, Vijzelstraat 20, 1017 HK Amsterdam
The term 'feminist movement' expresses the fact that it is in the nature of feminism to move. Feminism does not capture a singular position and the status quo to which feminists find themselves compelled to respond, is ever changing. With these changes, feminism itself also evolves. On a more empirical note: feminists themselves move. They, or rather: we, have to adapt to changing social and historical conditions and to new technological advances that profoundly alter our teaching and research practices, as well as our activism. We change our minds about feminist politics; we move in and out of institutions and we experience different gender regimes whilst growing older.
This symposium seeks to address feminist movements not only from this particular angle, but also to celebrate a recent move made by one feminist in particular, Rosi Braidotti. Having just turned 60, Braidotti is in the process of moving her archive to Atria in order to ensure that it is both well preserved for and, crucially, available to future generations of feminists. Whereas this may sound like a logical thing for a dedicated feminist to do, 'archiving' has many differing aspects and faces that this symposium will explore.
We ask: 'How does the practice of archiving actively bridge feminist activism and gender research?' Additionally, 'What is the value of archiving of feminist activists' life and work for the purpose of knowledge production and trans-generational transmission of memory? How do new media affect the practice of (feminist) archiving?' Moderated by Maayke Botman, attendants of this symposium will be introduced to some of the prominent contemporary narratives that exist within (feminist) archiving, what is at stake in them and to a range of positions from a feminist "bomb the archive" stance to an equally feminist "treasure the archive" position.
After the symposium we will raise a celebratory glass to Braidotti's 60th and enjoy an exhibition that has been created in order to showcase a selection of the items Atria has recently acquired for preservation.
Speakers: Berteke Waaldijk, Whitney Stark, Annette Mevis, Rosi Braidotti and Alies Pegtel.
Moderator: Maayke Botman
Organizing committee: Sophie Chapple, Goda Klumbyte, Gé Meulmeester, Annette Mevis, Iris van der Tuin
- Created on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 13:31
To celebrate the publication of the book "The Subject of Rosi Braidotti", edited by Bolette Blaagaard and Iris van der Tuin, there will be a book launch organised in London on 17 October 2014. Apart from the pubisher, editors and Prof. Braidotti herself, there will be guest speakers present: Christina Slade (Bath Spa University, UK), Chrysanthi Nigianni (University of London, UK) and Gregg Lambert (Syracuse University, USA).
The Subject of Rosi Braidotti: Politics and Concepts brings into focus the diverse influence of the work of Rosi Braidotti on academic fields in the humanities and the social sciences such as the study and scholarship in - among others - feminist theory, political theory, continental philosophy, philosophy of science and technology, cultural studies, ethnicity and race studies.
Inspired by Braidotti's philosophy of nomadic relations of embodied thought, the volume is a mapping exercise of productive engagements and instructive interactions by a variety of international, outstanding and world-renowned scholars with texts and concepts developed by Braidotti throughout her immense body of work. - See more at Bloomsbury website.
Download the flyer of the book here.
- Created on Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:18
OSL (Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap) with the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University invite registrations for the Deleuze Seminar 2014-2015: "Deleuze and the New Humanities", convened by Prof. Rosi Braidotti and Dr. Rick Dolphijn.
For seminar details and programme see Centre for the Humanities website. The course is open for registrations until 1st September 2014.
- Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 13:06
On Monday May the 12th Professor Rosi Braidotti, together with American scholar Judith Butler, met the members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot in Oslo during the First Supper Symposium. The symposium, which gathered enormous attention from the press, addressed questions such as feminist performance art, the politics of protests and prisoner's rights. Other speakers were curators Viktor Misiano and Ekaterina Sharova . Pussy Riot was represented by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina who reflected on the context of their Punk Prayer performance (2012) and subsequent imprisonment.
Watch the video of Prof. Braidotti's talk "Punk Women and Riot Grrls" here:
Links to the music videos used in the talk:
Link to Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-GFq...
Link to Nina Hagen Band- Unbeschreiblich weiblich (pop-meeting 1979. Section 1:35-2:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eA9Y...
Link to: Kathleen Hanna Bikini Kill - Suck My Left One & Rebel Girl (live 1992): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH-9P...
A number of serious issues were raised when members of Pussy Riot were arrested and imprisoned after their Punk Prayer performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (2012). When does public protest transgress the limited range of permissible behaviours in a society? What is the future of feminist performance art under times of censorship?
The First Supper Symposium aimed to address these questions and provide different perspectives on Pussy Riot's punk protest performances: Viktor Misiano and Ekaterina Sharova situated their work in the context of recent Russian art history and discussed the issue of art – including feminist art – as a medium for political resistance.
Rosi Braidotti presented a genealogy of feminist art practices and talked about how performances have been used as feminist means of protest, including the politics of women's rock and punk bands. Bradotti's line was: "Feminism rocks!"
Judith Butler focussed on the human rights of political and other prisoners in the context of contemporary security concerns and examined the gender and LGBT issues Pussy Riot invoke in a wider context of political resistance and public demonstrations.
The First Supper Symposium also featuread a programme of art exhibitions, discussions, screenings and a panel discussion with the Pussy Riot moderated by Natalie Hope O'Donnell.
The First Supper Symposium is a collaborative feminist art project, founded by artists Gidsken Braadlie and Lisa Pacini in Oslo in 2012.
Read a message about it in Dutch at the Filosofie.nl magazine here.
Read Italian translation of the lecture text here.
Watch a video of the conversation between Judith Butler, Rosi Braidotti and Pussy Riot: