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The Liquid Club #3: The Posthuman by Rosi Braidotti

The Liquid Club is a discussion group which invites collective thinking and drives the development of Liverpool Biennial 2020. 

Our discursive journey so far has centred around the Amazonian concept of subjectivity and the ideas of Brazilian anthropologist Eduardo Viveiros de Castro. We have also examined how Félix Guattari’s theoretical and political practice challenged Western patriarchal and colonialist ideas around the body, through the film Assemblages by Angela Melitopoulos and Maurizio Lazzarato.

In this month’s Liquid Club, as we face the crisis of a further divided Europe, we will be discussing themes of subjectivity, individualism and the role Europe-centric humanism has played in this, using an extract from Rosi Braidotti’s book The Posthuman (2013).

We will assess the individual and collective impact on our social and political environment by looking at diasporic movements, fundamentalist appeals to ethnic differences, as well as violence towards a perceived ‘other’. In light of this, we will ask how might a theory of “post-humanism” and “nomadism” lead us to think of an enlarged sense of self: moving beyond a self-centered individualism and instead into a model that locates us in what Braidotti calls ‘an affirmative flow of relations with multiple others’. 

KEY TEXT

The Posthuman by Rosi Braidotti (p.46-54)

FURTHER READING

Nomadic theory and the European project:
On nomadism: A conversation with Rosi Braidotti
European Alternatives: On Nomadism – Interview with Rosi Braidotti

THE LIQUID CLUB

Held on the first Wednesday of every month, The Liquid Club is a mobile platform activated at different venues across Liverpool. On each occasion, reading material including texts, films and music are distributed in advance online. It is free and open to all. 

Please note spaces are limited and advance booking is essential. 

Date

03 April 2019, 6.30–7.45pm

Location

Liverpool Central Library
William Brown St
Liverpool
L3 8EW

TicketsFree, booking essential