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Dr. Helen Hester: Posthumanists for Humanity!

April 5, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Steele 103
1030 Columbia Ave
Claremont, CA 91711 United States
Jonas Becker / Scripps Art Department
(909) 607-4686

In this lecture, Helen Hester will consider the role of ‘the human’ within contemporary posthuman feminisms. Starting with a brief appraisal of xenofeminism, the talk will proceed to address some of the tensions within the XF project – namely, that between its perceived posthuman ambitions and its reliance upon broadly humanist concepts such as reason, justice, and emancipation. By bringing 2015’s ‘Xenofeminism: A Politics for Alienation’ into conversation with other recent feminist manifestos, Hester will propose a new understanding of the posthuman that draws upon both human and humanist attributes in its quest to imagine a more emancipatory future for the species. Xenofeminist posthumanism, she argues, might be most effectively realized via the formulation “sapience + care”.

This event is presented by Scripps Art Department / O'Brien Distinguished Professorship