Sabine Broeck (Erasmus+, U. de Brême, Allemagne) : Braidotti's Posthumanism Reconsidered

Séminaire EMMA salle 126 site Saint-Charles bâtiment 1, 18h

In Gender and the Abjection of Blackness (SUNY Press 2018) Sabine Broeck argues that gender theory, and to a large extent white gender studies, "as we know it" have evaded, dismissed or ignored the critical relevance of enslavism (slavery and its "afterlife", as Saidiya Hartman has called it) for a theoretical analysis of the late postmodern moment. In consequence, the theory of gender difference as such has partaken in and bolstered anti-blackness, in that it has relied on the prerequisite existence of the black/slave as philosophical foil, to make an argument of and for women's freedom as human beings.

In this talk, Broeck will discuss questions and theoretical concepts: anti-black abjection, enslavism and afro-pessimist critique. Focused on the recent turn to posthumanism in Rosi Braidotti's work, she will present some of Braidotti's key theses with regard to posthumanism, as well as a critique of those theoretical assumptions for their anti-black subtextual currencies.

Présentation complète du séminaire : Sabine Broeck (Erasmus+, U. de Brême, Allemagne) : Braidotti's Posthumanism Reconsidered