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University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies



Professors Diane Middlebrook and Carl DjerassiThe Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professorship was generously endowed by Carl Djerassi (Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and inventor of the contraceptive pill) in honour of his late wife Diane Middlebrook (Professor Emerita and Head of Gender Studies, Stanford University). The Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professors each give a high profile public lecture on a gender related topic.  



Visiting Professorship Lecture: Michaelmas Term 2019

Professor Rosi Braidotti

Professor Rosi Braidotti, Distinguished University Professor, Utrecht University, was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor for the Michaelmas Term 2019. 

Professor Braidotti’s Visiting Professorship Lecture, Posthuman Feminism and Affirmative Ethics, was held in the Cynthia Beerbower Room, Newnham College, Cambridge on Monday 14 October 2019. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Professor Braidotti for her fascinating lecture, which attracted a capacity audience, and was followed by a stimulating Q&A discussion.

At the convergence of post-humanism and post-anthropocentrism, posthuman feminism invites a critical reappraisal of what counts as the human. It also questions the boundaries with multiple non-humans, including devalued and disqualified humans, other species, and ever-smarter technological artifacts. Considering the speed of zoe/bio/geo/techno-capitalization of living matter in advanced capitalism, and the extent of the environmental devastation; the unequal distribution of wealth and access to technology, as well as the persistence of racism and misogyny, what kind of ethical accountability can feminists develop to deal with these power differences? What does affirmative ethics offer to posthuman feminist subjects, in order to deal with the conflicting demands? 

Visiting Professor: Academic Year 2019-20

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