Justus-Liebig-Universität GießenInstitut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaft

Post-natural Condition New Approaches in Feminism

MA 01/04, CuP 01/02/07/08/09

Feminist science studies and eco-feminism were two of the movements which towards the end of 20th century opened the discussions about the problematic role of human in the development of the scientific concepts and the relation to nature. Donna Harraway was challenging this at the same time productive and destructive entanglement of human and nonhuman and in her philosophy developed series of figures (cyborg, coyote, OncoMouse) which inspired feminist explorations in theory and art in the last two decades. In the seminar we will explore several performances which could be related to this new feminist approaches to the body and post-natural condition and at the same time examine developments in recent feminist theory. We will especially focus on the work of authors, who are writing about the challenging re-conceptualizations of nature and human and at the same time radically shifting the critique of contemporary capitalism (like Barad, Kirby, Frederici, Malabou, Colebrook, Parisi, Preciado, etc.).