| Dossier | Continuous Publication | Vol 4 · No 7 · 2023
Feminisms and posthumanism
Deadline: March 30, 2023
Publication date: Continuous Publication (January-June 2023)
Mabel Alicia Campagnoli. Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones en Género - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
Anabella Di Pego. Centro de Investigaciones en Filosofía - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
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Feminisms and posthumanism
The crisis of humanism as a device of knowledge-power and a matrix generating practices that runs through the twentieth century seems to have deepened in recent decades and gained new vigor with the Covid-19 pandemic. Advanced capitalism, biotechnological development and globalization as a form of appropriation of the planet have not only shown the interdependent and vulnerable character of human existence but have also at the same time eroded the limits of the very notion of the human, rendering equivocal the modern structuring duality between nature, on the one hand, and culture, society and history, on the other. The so-called post-human condition emerges as an implosion of the human, where the crises of humanism and anthropocentrism converge, in a context marked by the urgency of death, genocide, pauperization, and multi-species extermination. Since the eighties, feminist theorists have been thinking about this dissolution of the human as it was conceived since modern times and in this path, Donna Haraway's "Cyborg Manifesto" constitutes an inaugural and outstanding milestone. Although the feminist theory has been a pioneer of the so-called "posthuman turn", the dominant lines of philosophical research, as Braidotti has warned, have ignored its developments. In this sense, it seems to us relevant and urgent to continue thinking about the issues related to posthumanism not only in dialogue but more precisely from and with feminist perspectives. The theoretical contributions of feminisms from an intersectional and decolonial approach, as well as their interweaving with feminist activisms and practices, are indispensable for the critique of the forms of production of subjectivity in late capitalism as well as to delineate other subjectivities and modes of treatment, rescuing all that which has been relegated and forgotten by the dominant tradition. Thus, where this complex panorama seemed to obstruct the possibility of thinking other horizons, of conceiving promises other than those of the human, monsters and feminist speculative narratives emerge, which do not operate by anticipating the future but rather by sketching powerful fictions and rehearsing possible futures. Thus, by exploring our constitutive "technomonstrosity" as a dynamic composite where the technical and the organic merge while blurring genders, it is possible to dismantle the human with its inherent relations of domination and collapse modern binarisms of culture and nature.
Special Interest Topics
Feminist theory, Queer studies, Contemporary philosophy, Philosophical anthropology, Political philosophy, Anthropological sciences, Cultural studies.