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Visiting Professor: Academic Year 2019-20

Professor Rosi BraidottiProfessor Rosi Braidotti has taught at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands since 1988, when she was appointed as the founding Professor in Women’s Studies. In 1995 she became the Founding Director of the Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies, a position she held until 2005. Rosi Braidotti is a pioneer in European Women’s Studies: she founded the inter-university SOCRATES network NOISE and the Thematic Network for Women’s Studies ATHENA, which she directed until 2005. She was a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College in 2005-6; a Jean Monnet Professor at the European University Institute in Florence in 2002-3 and a Fellow in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1994. She was Founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities from 2007 until September 2016. Rosi Braidotti is currently Distinguished University Professor at Utrecht University.

Rosi Braidotti’s publications have consistently been placed in continental philosophy, at the intersection with social and political theory, cultural politics, gender, feminist theory and ethnicity studies. The core of her interdisciplinary work consists of four interconnected monographs on the constitution of contemporary subjectivity, with special emphasis on the concept of difference within the history of European philosophy and political theory. Rosi Braidotti’s philosophical project investigates how to think difference positively, which means moving beyond the dialectics that both opposes it and thus links it by negation to the notion of sameness. Throughout her work, Professor Braidotti asserts and demonstrates the importance of combining theoretical concerns with a serious commitment to producing socially and politically relevant scholarship that contributes to making a difference in the world.

Influenced by philosophers such as Gilles Deleuze and especially “French feminist” thinker Luce Irigaray, Rosi Braidotti has brought postmodern feminism into the Information Age with her considerations of cyberspace, prosthesis, and the materiality of difference. She considers how ideas of gender difference can affect our sense of the human/animal and human/machine divides. Professor Braidotti has also pioneered European perspectives in feminist philosophy and practice and has been influential on third-wave and post-secular feminisms, as well as emerging posthumanist thought.

On 3 March 2005, Rosi Braidotti was honored with a Royal Knighthood from Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; in August 2006 she received the University Medal from the University of Lodz in Poland and she was awarded an Honorary Degree in Philosophy from Helsinki University in May 2007. In 2009, Professor Braidotti was elected Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 2013 she was awarded an Honorary Degree in Philosophy from Linköping University, Sweden.

Selected publications include:

Monographs:

Posthuman Knowledge. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2019

The Posthuman. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013.

Nomadic Theory: the Portable Rosi Braidotti. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011

Nomadic Subjects. Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011 

Books - edited volumes:

(Ed. with Paul Gilroy) Conflicting Humanities. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016.

(Ed. with Bolette Blaagaard, Tobijn de Graauw and Eva Midden) Transformations of Religion and the Public Sphere: Postsecular Publics. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.

(Ed. with Patrick Hanafin and Bolette Blaagaard) After Cosmopolitanism. New York: Routledge, 2013.

The History of Continental Philosophy Volume 7. Durham: Acumen, 2010,

Book-chapters:

“The Contested Posthumanities”. In: Braidotti, Rosi & Paul Gilroy (eds.), Conflicting Humanities. London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2016, pp. 9-45.

“Posthuman Feminist Theory”. In: Disch, Lisa & Mary Hawkesworth (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Feminist Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 673-698.

“Posthuman Affirmative Politics”. In: Wilmer, S.E. & Adrone Žukauskaité (eds.), Resisting Biopolitics. Philosophical, Political, and Performative Strategies. New York: Routledge, 2015, pp. 30-56.

“The Untimely.” In : Bolette Blaagaard and Iris van der Tuin (eds.) The Subject of Rosi Braidotti. London & New York : Bloomsbury, 2014.

‘Posthuman Relational Subjectivity and the Politics of Affirmation.’ In: Peg Rawes ed., Relational Architectural Ecologies. London & New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 21-39.

‘The Post-Secular Turn in Feminism.’ In: Anders Berg-Sørensen ed. Contesting Secularism: Comparative Perspectives. Farnham, Burlignton: Ashgate, 2013, pp. 87-109.

‘Becoming-world’. In: Rosi Braidotti, Patrick Hanafin and Bolette Blaagaard eds. After Cosmopolitanism. New York: Routledge, 2013, pp. 8-27.

‘Feminist Philosophy: Coming of Age’. In: Rosi Braidotti, ed. The History of Continental Philosophy Volume 7. Durham: Acumen, 2010, pp. 221-246.

(With Judith Butler) ‘Out of Bounds: Philosophy in an Age of Transition’. In: Rosi Braidotti, ed. The History of Continental Philosophy Volume 7. Durham: Acumen, 2010, pp. 307-335.

‘The Politics of Life itself and New Ways of Dying’. In: Diana Coole and Samantha Frost , eds. New Materialisms: Ontology, Agency and Politics. Durham: Duke, 2010, pp. 201-220.

Articles in scientific journals:

‘Writing as a Nomadic Subject’. In: Comparative Critical Studies. Vol. 11, no. 2-3, 2014, pp. 163-184. Edinburgh: Edinburg University Press.

‘Thinking With an Accent: Françoise Collin, Les cahiers du Grif, and French Feminism’. In: Signs, vol. 39, no. 3, Spring 2014, pp. 597-626.

‘Working towards the Posthumanities’. In: Trans-Humanities, Ewha Women’s University Press, Seoul, Korea.  Vol. 7, no. 1, 2014, pp.155-175.

Yes, There is no Crisis. Working Towards the Posthumanities.’ In: International Journal of History, Culture and Modernity. Vol. 1, no. 2, 2013, pp. 187-199. Available online at: http://history-culture-modernity.org/index.php/HCM/article/view/412/376

‘Nomadic Ethics.’ In: Deleuze Studies. Vol. 7, no. 3, 2013, pp. 342-359.

‘Posthuman Humanities.’ In: European Educational Research Journal Vol. 12,  no 1, Jan- March 2013, pp. 1-19.

‘Afterword. Complexity, materialism, difference’. In: Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities. Special Issue: Sexual Difference between Psychoanalysis and Vitalism. Vol. 17, no. 2, 2012, pp. 169-176.

‘Powers of Affirmation: Response to Lisa Baraitser, Patrick Hanafin and Clare Hemmings’. In Subjectivity, Vol. 3, no. 2, MacMillan, 2010, pp. 140-148.

- Polish translation: ‘Siła afirmacji. Odpowiedź Lisie Baraitser, Patrickowi Hanafinowi i Clare Hemmings’ in: Anny Barcz and Magdaleny Dąbrowskiej (eds.), Zwierzęta, gender i kulturaPerspektywa ekologiczna, etyczna i krytyczna. Lublin: Wydawca, 2014, pp. 69-76.

 ‘On Putting the Active Back into Activism’. In: New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics. Special Issue: ‘Deleuzian Politics?’ No. 68, June 2010, pp. 42-57.

While in residence at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Professor Braidotti will undertake research on the theoretical foundations of the posthuman turn – in its post-humanistic and post-anthropocentric inceptions – and its effects on contemporary feminist theory practice. More specifically, she will aim to assess the implications of the posthuman predicament in epistemological and ethical terms, not only for feminist philosophy but also for contemporary reflection on the Humanities as a whole.

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.