- Created on Thursday, 03 September 2015 09:56
How might we reinvent the humanities? This is the question at the heart of this provocative volume. It is a difficult mission and definitely one which needs to be addressed with increasing urgency. There is no better cast to confront and problematise this question than the contributors to Conflicting Humanities (edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy). They are world-renowned thinkers who can tackle the problem as researchers and teachers but also as prominent public intellectuals.
Taking the intellectual and political legacies of Edward Said as a point of departure and frame of reference, the contributors - working in a range of disciplinary settings - considers the current condition of humanism and the humanities. Said's definition of the core task of the Humanities as the pursuit of democratic criticism remains more urgent than ever, though it needs to be supplemented by gender, environmental, and antiracist perspectives as well as by detailed analysis of the necropolitical governmentality of our time.
This book is an outcome of an international Edward Said Memorial Conference that took place in Utrecht on 15-17 April 2013, organised by the Centre for the Humanities as part of the Treaty of Utrecht commemoration activities.
Contributors: Ariella Azoulay, Etienne Balibar, Akeel Bilgrami, Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy, Stathis Gourgouris, Engin F. Isin, Jamila Mascat, Aamir Mufti, Ankhi Mukherjee, Gayatri C. Spivak, Marina Warner, Robert J.C. Young.
Call for Applications: Summer School Course with Prof. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova "Human/Inhuman/Posthuman"
- Created on Monday, 05 January 2015 15:59
The intensive course "Human/Inhuman/Posthuman" offers an introduction to contemporary debates around posthumanism and the so-called 'posthuman turn', as well as Rosi Braidotti's brand of critical posthuman theory. The course will explore the extent to which a posthuman approach displaces the traditional humanistic unity of the subject, as well as the binary human/non-human distinction on which such unity is postulated. Starting from the assumption that we find ourselves in a 'posthuman predicament', the course explores different aspects of posthuman subjectivity and culture, stressing the productive potential of the posthuman condition and advocating for the politics of affirmation.
This is an intensive course convened and taught by Prof. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, Director of the contemporary arts centre BAK, with some guest teachers. It consists of keynote lectures in the morning and three thematic tutorials for four afternoons (the class ends at noon on Friday). The theme of the course this year is: "Human/Inhuman/Posthuman." The course is about contemporary posthuman theory, with special reference to the works of Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, to feminist and postcolonial theories and to Rosi Braidotti's work, placing special emphasis on the relation between arts, technology and theory.
- 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.