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Rosi Braidotti: Posthumanism, Materialism, Affirmation – Feminist Perspectives


Lecture in English by the distinguished Auerbach Fellow 2024 at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Lilian Haberer (Art History with an expanded concept of material). The Lecture is part of a collaboration between Erich Auerbach Institut, Prof. Dr. Anja Lemke at University of Cologne and the KHM.

Montag, 27. Mai 2024, 19 Uhr, Aula
Filzengraben 2, 50676 Köln
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This lecture addresses the three main challenges that frame the posthuman condition as our historical location, which cannot be delegated to a distant utopian future. We are confronted by three interconnected changes. First, at the environmental level, the devastation of the environment and multiple species; second, at the technological level, as transhumanism becomes the official ethos of capitalism, the status of humans is redefined by the life sciences and advanced technologies and the digital interconnections they afford us. And third, at the social level we witness increasing structural injustices through the unequal distribution of wealth, prosperity and access to the new green economy and to advanced technologies technology. The lecture argues that neo-materialist cartographies of knowledge and power today and affirmative ethics are the most adequate way of accounting for the posthuman predicament and the new power relations they are developing.

Rosi Braidotti is a feminist Continental philosopher and Distinguished University Professor Emerita at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. She holds degrees in philosophy from the ANU and the Sorbonne and  Honorary Degrees from Helsinki, (2007) and Linkoping (2013).

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA) and also a  Member of the Academia Europaea. In 2022 she received the Humboldt Research Award for life-long contribution to scholarship. Main publications: Nomadic Subjects (2011a), and Nomadic Theory (2011b), Columbia University Press. The Posthuman (2013), Posthuman Knowledge(2019); Posthuman Feminism, (2022) Polity Press. The Posthuman Glossary (2018) and More Posthuman Glossary (2022), Bloomsbury Academic.

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