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05/07/2012 (Workshop)
Rosi braidotti | Utrecht University
WRITING AND BEING WRITTEN BY NOMADIC SUBJECTS


Abstract
This workshop takes place in the context of the re-issuing of my best-known book, Nomadic Subjects, fifteen years after its original publication. My aim for what has become my life-long project, has always need to recast, from a feminist perspective, issues of embodiment, sexual difference, and complex identity in relation to technology, historical events, and popular culture. The questions of "nomadism" are more relevant than ever, particularly given the popularity of Deleuzian thought and the phenomenon of economic and cultural globalization. The fashionable uses of human and other forms of global mobility, however, do not automatically resolve power differences and other forms of structural inequality and in some way, they even intensify them. In this workshop I would like to discuss if and how nomadic thought can be an attempt to provide affirmative questions to the challenges of our era.


Biography
Rosi Braidotti was born in Italy, raised in Australia, graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris, and became the founding professor of the women's studies program in Utrecht at 33. She is currently Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University and the founding Director of its Centre for Humanities. Rosi Braidotti's research and writing engages feminist philosophy and cultural studies. She is especially interested in post-structuralism and critical theory as well as epistemology and Deleuze studies. Her books include, Nomadic Theory. The Portable Rosi Braidotti, Columbia University Press: New York, 2011b; Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics, Polity Press: Cambridge, 2006; Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming, Polity Press: Cambridge, 2002; and Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory, Columbia University Press: New York, 1994 and 2011a. Currently she is working on the concept of the posthuman and the notion of 'life'. She also serves as an advisor to the journals Signs, Differences and Theory and Culture & Society. In 2007 she was awarded an Honorary Degree in philosophy by the University of Helsinki.


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