This lecture addresses the challenges facing the university today. The talk rests on the assumption that contemporary posthuman scholarship is exploding the boundaries of tradition in very productive and constructive ways.
About The Critical Posthumanities in the Contemporary University
The growth of the Posthumanities signals a convergence phenomenon between post-humanism on the one hand and post-anthropocentrism on the other. The former criticizes the idea of ‘Man’ as the allegedly universal standard-bearer for the human, whereas the latter objects to species hierarchy and human exceptionalism. Their convergence affects both the definition of the subject of knowledge and the modes of knowledge production of the academic Humanities. What are we to make of the sudden growth of new trans-disciplinary hubs that call themselves the Environmental and Digital Humanities, the Medical, Neural and Bio-Humanities, and also the Public, Civic and Global Humanities and so on? The lecture offers both a genealogy of these Critical Posthumanities and a theoretical framework by which to assess them.
About Rosi Braidotti
Rosi Braidotti is a contemporary Continental philosopher and feminist theorist. She is Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University, where she taught since 1988. She was awarded honorary degrees from Helsinki (2007) and Linköping (2013); is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA, 2009), and a Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE, 2014). Her main publications include Nomadic Subjects (2011), Nomadic Theory (2011), both with Columbia University Press; The Posthuman (2013) and Posthuman Knowledge (2019) with Polity Press. She co-edited Conflicting Humanities with Paul Gilroy (2016), and The Posthuman Glossary with Maria Hlavajova (2018), both with Bloomsbury Academic. Visit her website.
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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