In April 2011 we went to Utrecht, The Netherlands for the conference "New Materialism: Natureculture" with Prof. Donna Haraway as guest of honour. Cissi was respondent to Donna, and the whole of The Posthumanities Hub contributed its bit to the neat organisation of Iris van der Tuin and Rick Dolphijn. This is a snap shot from the green lawn outside the conference venue, an old church.
In the picture (from left to right): Adrian MacKenzie, Jussi Parikka, a then red-headed Cecilia Åsberg, Iris van der Tuin - behind - Vicki Kirby, next to Rosemarie Buikema, Melanie Sehgal, Rick Dolphijn and guest of honour, Donna Haraway! (Photo by Rosi Braidotti)
In May 2012 it was our turn to set off what then had become the 3rd annual NM-event - at The Posthumanities Hub, Linköping University. To underline our point of exit in both older and newer materialisms, we called the conference "Entanglements of New Materialisms" (See program below)
Here are a two small action-photos from the first day (25 May) - with Cissi and Magda, and keynote speaker Prof Stacy Alaimo. (Photos by Redi Koobak)
Carmel, Pip and Prof. Stacy Alaimo, one of the key note speakers at Entanglements of New Materialisms, Linköping May 2012. (private photo)
Den allra första NM (new materialisms) konferensen ägde rum vid Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK 2010.
Artist: Tove Kjellmark
Beyond the skin Non-Humans Only Someone like you Drawings Do machines..
... believe humans are alive?
The 'posthumanities', however, seems to me a useful notion for tracking scholarly conversations
Donna Haraway 2008: 308.
'Human' is definitely not a neutral or innocent category, but a highly gendered and racialized one
Mette Bryld & Nina Lykke 2000: 33.
"Re-thinking the human sciences", see video lecture with Srinivas Aravamudan and Rosi Braidotti (2012)
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Translations of translations...
"Posthumanistiska nyckeltexter" (2012) - an introduction to, and translations of posthumanist keytexts by Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti, Karen Barad, Michel Callon, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Serres and Annemarie Mol - in Swedish.
Post-humanities issue of NORA
Read about posthumanist gender studies in the 2011:4 issue of
NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research
Transdisciplinary Seminars at the Gender Lab
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By ’posthumanist’ I mean to signal the crucial recognition that nonhumans play an important role in naturalcultural practices, including everyday social practices, scientific practices, and practices that do not include humans. But also, beyond this, my use of posthumanism marks a refusal to take the distinction between ’human’ and ’nonhuman’ for granted, and to found analysis on this presumably fixed and inherent set of categories. Any such hardwiring precludes a geneological investigation into the practices through which humans and nonhumans are delineated and differently constituted. A posthumanist performative account worth its salt must also avoid cementing the nature-culture dichotomy into its foundations, thereby enabling a geneaological analysis of how these crucial distinctions are materially and discursively produced.
Karen Barad 2007: 32
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