This is an exciting year for the Humanities on the Edge speaker series, as it is celebrating its 10th
year. The second of this year’s speakers was Dr. Claire Colebrook, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor
of English, Philosophy, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University.
Her research interests include contemporary literature, theory and cultural studies, visual culture,
and the works of Gilles Deleuze. Dr. Colebrook gave a talk entitled “What would you d
The concept of the imagination is embedded in the idea that there’s an autonomous human subject—a unified self—to do the imagining. But the self has become decentered, as we no longer take it for granted that the humanist version of a unified, a priori subject exists. Posthumanist theories have challenged the construction of the humanist dialectics that this concept is grounded in: mind vs. body, human vs. animal, self vs. other, subject vs. object. Moreover, postmodern theor
From the intro to Rosi Braidotti’s The Posthuman: In some ways, my interest in the posthuman is directly proportional to the sense of frustration I feel about the human, all too human, resources and limitations that frame our collective and personal levels of intensity and creativity. This is why the issue of subjectivity is so central to this book: we need to devise new social, ethical and discursive schemes of subject formation to match the profound transformations we are u