How might we reinvent the humanities? This is the question at the heart of this provocative volume. It is a difficult mission and definitely one which needs to be addressed with increasing urgency. There is no better cast to confront and problematise this question than the contributors to Conflicting Humanities (edited by Rosi Braidotti and Paul Gilroy). They are world-renowned thinkers who can tackle the problem as researchers and teachers but also as prominent public intellectuals.
Taking the intellectual and political legacies of Edward Said as a point of departure and frame of reference, the contributors – working in a range of disciplinary settings – considers the current condition of humanism and the humanities. Said’s definition of the core task of the Humanities as the pursuit of democratic criticism remains more urgent than ever, though it needs to be supplemented by gender, environmental, and antiracist perspectives as well as by detailed analysis of the necropolitical governmentality of our time.
This book is an outcome of an international Edward Said Memorial Conference that took place in Utrecht on 15-17 April 2013, organised by the Centre for the Humanities as part of the Treaty of Utrecht commemoration activities.
Contributors: Ariella Azoulay, Etienne Balibar, Akeel Bilgrami, Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy, Stathis Gourgouris, Engin F. Isin, Jamila Mascat, Aamir Mufti, Ankhi Mukherjee, Gayatri C. Spivak, Marina Warner, Robert J.C. Young.