Netherlands, Utrecht

Posthuman Ethics, Pain and Endurance: How to Lead an Antifascist Life in Brutal Times

when 20 August 2018 - 24 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 300

The intensive course “Posthuman ethics, pain and endurance” offers an overview of the contemporary debates about the ethical implications of posthumanism and the so-called ‘posthuman turn’ as well as Rosi Braidotti’s brand of critical posthuman theory. The focus of the course this year will be on the relationship between the posthuman and the neo-materialist, vital ethics of affirmation, with special emphasis on how they deal with the cluster of issues around the lived experience of pain.

How does a vision of the posthuman subject as a process of interaction between human, non-human and inhuman forces help us cope with the painful challenges of the contemporary world? How does the neo-Spinozist notion of endurance foster the project of constructing an affirmative ethics for posthuman subjects? How does this vital ethics of affirmation confront death and dying in times that are becoming known as ‘the Sixth Great Extinction’?

Please note that all participants of this summer school are expected to have read Rosi Braidotti’s book The Posthuman (Polity Press 2013), plus several selected entries of The Posthuman Glossary (Bloomsbury 2018).

Course leader

Prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti

Credits info

2 EC
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 300: Course + course materials
EUR 200: Housing

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