- Created on Friday, 23 May 2014 13:06
On Monday May the 12th Professor Rosi Braidotti, together with American scholar Judith Butler, met the members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot in Oslo during the First Supper Symposium. The symposium, which gathered enormous attention from the press, addressed questions such as feminist performance art, the politics of protests and prisoner's rights. Other speakers were curators Viktor Misiano and Ekaterina Sharova . Pussy Riot was represented by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina who reflected on the context of their Punk Prayer performance (2012) and subsequent imprisonment.
Watch the video of Prof. Braidotti's talk "Punk Women and Riot Grrls" here:
Links to the music videos used in the talk:
Link to Janis Joplin - Mercedes Benz:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-GFq...
Link to Nina Hagen Band- Unbeschreiblich weiblich (pop-meeting 1979. Section 1:35-2:23): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eA9Y...
Link to: Kathleen Hanna Bikini Kill - Suck My Left One & Rebel Girl (live 1992): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH-9P...
A number of serious issues were raised when members of Pussy Riot were arrested and imprisoned after their Punk Prayer performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (2012). When does public protest transgress the limited range of permissible behaviours in a society? What is the future of feminist performance art under times of censorship?
The First Supper Symposium aimed to address these questions and provide different perspectives on Pussy Riot's punk protest performances: Viktor Misiano and Ekaterina Sharova situated their work in the context of recent Russian art history and discussed the issue of art – including feminist art – as a medium for political resistance.
Rosi Braidotti presented a genealogy of feminist art practices and talked about how performances have been used as feminist means of protest, including the politics of women's rock and punk bands. Bradotti's line was: "Feminism rocks!"
Judith Butler focussed on the human rights of political and other prisoners in the context of contemporary security concerns and examined the gender and LGBT issues Pussy Riot invoke in a wider context of political resistance and public demonstrations.
The First Supper Symposium also featuread a programme of art exhibitions, discussions, screenings and a panel discussion with the Pussy Riot moderated by Natalie Hope O'Donnell.
The First Supper Symposium is a collaborative feminist art project, founded by artists Gidsken Braadlie and Lisa Pacini in Oslo in 2012.
Read a message about it in Dutch at the Filosofie.nl magazine here.
Read Italian translation of the lecture text here.
Watch a video of the conversation between Judith Butler, Rosi Braidotti and Pussy Riot:
- Created on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 17:41
The intensive course “Critical Theory Beyond Negativity: the Ethics, Politics and Aesthetics of Affirmation” explores critical theory in the Continental philosophy tradition, with special reference to the work of Gilles Deleuze, Luce Irigaray, Henri Bergson and Rosi Braidotti. Directed by R. Braidotti and co-taught by Iris van der Tuin and Maria Hlavajova, course offers an introduction to contemporary critical debates on the function of ‘the negative’ in the construction of subjects and of their epistemic and ethical values. Starting from an assumption that we are in the midst a ‘posthuman turn,’ it explores different aspects of posthuman subjectivity and stresses the productive potential of the posthuman condition, advocating for the politics of affirmation.
Cultural diversity, global migration, digital ‘second life’, genetically modified food, advanced prosthetics, robotics and reproductive technologies are familiar facets of our global and technologically mediated societies. How do they affect the self-understanding, the cultural representations and the social and political participations of contemporary subjects? How does a neo-Spinozist approach based on vitalist materialism illuminate these issues? The emphasis on Deleuzian nomadic theory aims to outline a project of sustainable modern subjectivity and to offer an original and powerful alternative for scholars working in cultural and social criticism.
Arranged thematically, the sessions of the course explore the different aspects of critical theory debates about contemporary subjectivity: the function of the negative and the need for more affirmative praxis; embodiment, gender and racial differences, multi-cultural and post-secular citizenship, issues linked to globalization, network societies, contemporary art and techno-science. The course stresses the productive potential of these features of our culture and it promotes the politics of affirmation, which emphasize the importance of affects and the imagination. It establishes a theoretical framework that combines critique and creation, granting a major role to the arts and new media.
By inscribing affirmative posthuman subjects in the context of contemporary culture, the course also assesses the extent to which intense technological mediation and global networks have blurred the traditional distinction between the human and its others, both human and non-human others, thus exposing the non-naturalistic structure of the human subject. The course analyzes the escalating effects of the posthuman condition, which encompass new relationships to animals and other species and ultimately questions the sustainability of our planet as a whole. After delving into the inhumane and structurally unjust aspects of our culture by looking at new wars and contemporary conflicts, the course concludes by outlining new forms of cosmopolitan nomadic citizenship and new art practices that explore this complexity. Rather than perceiving the posthuman situation as a loss of cognitive and moral self-mastery, this course argues that it helps us make sense of our flexible nomadic identities.
The challenge for critical theory today consists in seizing the opportunities for new social bonding and community building, while pursuing sustainability and empowerment.
Course dates: 18 August – 22 August 2014
Application deadline: 1 June 2014
Costs: 300 EUR (course + course materials)
- Created on Friday, 28 February 2014 13:36
A review of Il postumano (Derive Approdi, 2014), the Italian translaiton of R. Braidotti's most recent book The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013), has been published in "Il manifesto" on 18 February. Read the review, written by Alessandra Pigliaru, here.
You can purchase Il postumano: La vita oltre il sé, oltre la specie, oltre la morte online at the Derive Approdi website.
- Created on Tuesday, 07 January 2014 14:32
After Poststructuralism: Transitions and Transformaitons (Acumen, 2013), edited by Rosi Braidotti, has now been published in paperback. The book is the 7th volume of The History of Continental Philosophy series.
Volume 7 analyses the main developments in continental philosophy between 1980-1995, a time of great upheaval and profound social change.The end of the Cold War revitalised continental philosophy and, more particularly, interest in it from outside philosophy. The volume ranges across the birth of postmodernism, the differing traditions of France, Germany and Italy, third generation critical theory, radical democracy, postcolonial philosophy, the turn to ethics, feminist philosophies, the increasing engagement with religion, and the rise of performativity and post-analytic philosophy. Analyses of the major figures are integrated within the discussion. After Poststructuralism reveals how continental philosophy – fuelled by an intense ethical and political desire to reflect changing social and political conditions - responded to the changing world and to the key issues of the time, notably globalisation, technology and ethnicity.