domingo, 12 de outubro de 2008

Rosi Braidotti - 'Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics' - London - Birkbeck College

'Talking Books' - Rosi Braidotti and a panel of guests will discuss her book, 'Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics'
This philosophical project deals in an innovative manner with ethical and political subjectivity in contemporary culture. It makes a strong case for a non-unitary or nomadic conception of the subject, against the claims of ideologies such as conservatism, liberal individualism and techno-capitalism. The author takes a bold position against moral universalism, while offering a vigorous defense of nomadic ethics against the charges of relativism and nihilism. A new form of ethical accountability is called for that takes “Life” as the subject, not the object, of enquiry. This ethics is presented as a fundamental reconfiguration of our being in the world and it calls for more conceptual creativity in the production of worldviews that can better enable us to behave ethically in a technologically and globally mediated world. The nomadic ethical subject negotiates successfully the complex tension between the multiplicity of political forces on the one hand and the sustained commitment to emancipatory politics on the other. This books makes for a highly instructive read and it provides an intellectually rich guide to the leading critical debates of our time, presented in a unique and skilful voice.

Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University)
Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, founding director of the Centre for the Humanities (UU) and Honorary Visiting Professor in the Law School of Birkbeck College, University of London. She has published extensively in Continental philosophy, poststructuralism and feminist theory, epistemology, social theory and cultural studies. Her books include: Patterns of Dissonance. Cambridge, Polity Press, 1991; Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory. New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 1994; Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming Polity Press, 2002; Transpositions. On Nomadic Ethics, Polity Press, 2006. She has co-edited: Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs (with Nina Lykke). London: Zed Books, 1996; Thinking Differently. A European Women’s Studies Reader (with Gabriele Griffin) Zed Books, 2002.She is a member of the editorial board of Signs, differences, Theory, Culture&Society, The European Journal of Women’s Studies and many other journals.
Patrick Hanafin (Birkbeck)
Professor of Law, Director of Research and Director of the LLM Programme in Human Rights at Birkbeck Law School, University of London. He has been a Visiting Professor at the School of Law at the University of Porto, Portugal and at the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has held research fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence (2002-03) and at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School (1998-1999). His books include: Conceiving Life: Reproductive Politics and the Law in Contemporary Italy (2007); Constituting Identity: Political Identity Formation and the Constitution in Post-Independence Ireland (2001); Last Rights: Death, Dying and the Law in Ireland, (1997); Identity, Rights and Constitutional Transformation, (With Melissa Williams) (1999) and Irish Medical Law (with David Tomkin) (1995).
Clare Hemmings (LSE)
Reader in Feminist Theory, she has been working full-time at LSE’s Gender Institute for 8 years. Clare has recently completed a major research project, Telling Feminist Stories. The project examines the discursive range and formation of the stories Western feminist theorists tell about the recent past, and links these to broader intellectual and political debates concerning social theory and global gender discourse. She argues that the techniques used to secure these stories make Western feminist discourse particularly amenable to co-optation. Clare has focused on the significance of sexuality in relation to globalisation: in particular, its circulation as a globally resonant concept, and the impact that this has on particular bodies, communities, and practices. In 2006, she co-edited a special issue of Feminist Review, ‘Sexual Moralities’, which brought together articles foregrounding the nature of global sexual regulation and its impact on sex tourism and sex work, HIV, and ethnic and religious conflicts. In 2007, her article ‘What’s in a Name?’ was published in the International Journal of Human Rights, and a follow-up piece ‘Sexual Economies’ is due to be published in 2008. Clare has been working on the institutionalisation of Gender Studies nationally and internationally for some years: developing curricula and sources, building representation and providing advice. This role has precipitated her research in this area, and resulted in a range of major publications.

Saturday 22nd November 3pm - 5pm Room B35 Birkbeck Main Building followed by drinks reception


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