Introducing ‘posthumanism’ for the perplexed. How to think about animals and plants when we don’t assume ourselves to be ‘humans’ in ways that we maybe once imagined?
About Introducing a Posthuman Take on Plants and Animals
Driessen introduces posthumanist thought through a range of examples. Drawing on the work of Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Anna Tsing and others to make sense of current Wageningen ambitions regarding agriculture and nature conservation.
We get to know Descartes and his garden automatons and how they structure our minds, take a close look at Sibylla Merian’s insects, and trace back the work of Linnaeus and what falls through the cracks of his naming system. We get to know ecofeminist robots working in agroecological pixel farms, chimeric Crispr pig-humans, and Daniel the emotional support duck.
Through meeting these tangible but elusive figures, we learn how we have never been human, and how realizing this may help us in finding less violent ways of caring for each other and our planet.
About series ‘The Posthuman Future of Wageningen University: Rethinking the Value of Life’
Several simultaneous developments force us to reconsider our place as humans in nature, on this globe and in this world. The anthropocentric outlook, in which we see humans as central to knowing and transforming the world, seems more and more a recipe for disaster. The globally influential philosopher Rosi Braidotti has for many years theorized a posthuman future. But what does such a posthuman vision involve? And what would it mean for an academic organisation like Wageningen University to learn from such a stance?
This series is organised in collaboration with the Cultural Geography (GEO) chair group of Wageningen University & Research.
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