“What is the Human in the Humanities Today?”
As a Distinguished Professor and Founder Director of Centre for the Humanities at the University of Utrecht, Braidotti focuses on theoretical, social, and political implications of Post-humanism. Considering it as a phase of human history that questions anthropocentrism in favor of a pluralistic attitude towards other organisms, Post-humanism may be a trigger to dismantle hegemonic visions, to re-shape species interaction, and to imagine new forms of collective knowledge. Taking the cue from Braidotti’s latest publications, the lecture explores ethical and political issues in relation to life and death, with a particular focus on global power dynamics. Braidotti points our relationship with the technology, the environment, and other organisms, championing creative thinking as a catalyst for human improvement.
Rosi Braidotti: Born in Friuli, Italy; grew up in Australia ( B.A. Hons. Australian National University, 1978; Ph.D. Cum Laude,); received her doctorate in France (Université de Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1981). Currently Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University (2007-2016). Previously founding professor and director of women’s studies. She was a Fellow Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1994-5); held the Jean Monnet Fellowships at the European University Institute ( 2000-1). She holds Honorary Degrees from the University of Helsinki, 2007; and the University of Linkoping, 2013. In 2005 she received a Knighthood in the Order of the Netherlands Lion, 2005; was elected Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (FAHA), 2009 and Member of the Academia Europaea (MAE), 2014. Her books include Patterns of Dissonance, Polity Press, 1991; Nomadic Subjects, Columbia University Press, 1994 and 2011a (second ed.); Metamorphoses, Polity Press, 2002; Transpositions, Polity Press, 2006; La philosophie, lá où on ne l’attend pas, Larousse, 2009; Nomadic Theory. The Portable Rosi Braidotti, ColumbiaUniversity Press, 2011b; The Posthuman, Polity Press, 2013 and Posthuman Knowledge, Polity Press, 2019. In 2016 she co-edited with Paul Gilroy: Conflicting Humanities, Bloomsbury Academic and in 2018 with Maria Hlavajova: The Posthuman Glossary. Personal website: www.rosibraidotti.com