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Sara Luco | Re-Mapping the “Shitopolis of Santiagony”: David Aniñir’s Proposal for a Borderized Mapuche Identity

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Abstract In the collection of poems Mapurbe: Venganza a raíz by the indigenous Chilean author David Aniñir, a renewed Mapuche-Indian identitary discourse is being created through re-mapping the Chilean capital of Santiago and its Mapuche inhabitants from a Thirdspace perspective. Aniñir provides an alternative view on Chilean urban life and the place of indigenous population in it. By doing so he disrupts the dominant Chilean discourse on Mapuche-Indian identity, creating a narrative that proposes an emphasis on hybridity instead of the clearly marked identitary boundaries expressed by the hegemonic Chilean discourse. Full...

Lode Lauwaert | Erotiek en moderniteit Roland Barthes’ lezing van Sade

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In the middle of the last century many philosophers were interested in the novels of Marquis de Sade. These thinkers held that Sade made us aware of the latent and cruel nature of human sexuality. This means that they rely on Sade to formulate a timeless, ahistorical truth. In my essay, based on Roland Barthes’ Sade study, I argue that Sades eroticism should be understood as an exponent of modernity. Full...

Kiene Brillenburg Wurth and Inge van de Ven | Posthumously Speaking: Thanatography in a Posthuman Age

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Abstract In this article we explore thanatographic writing, fictional writings writing of and from death addressing the issue of survival, in the light of posthumanism and our current information age. We aim to show how thanatographic writing reveals deep-seated anxieties about storage, retrieval, memory and forgetting in the information age: the age of digital technology that enables us to write ourselves ‘outside of ourselves’ in cybernetic networks. What do these modes of self-survival tell us about personal identity in the digital age? In how far has personal identity become a posthuman identity, and what is the nature of this identity? We explore this triple question on the basis of a literary and a cinematic text on amnesia and repetition: Tom McCarthy’s Remainder (2005) and Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000). Full...

David de Kam, Katrien van Riet and Hans Verhees | An interview with Manuela Rossini

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On March 1, 2012, Frame and David de Kam, a young scholar who wrote his thesis on the Grand Narrative of posthumanism, met with dr. Manuela Rossini. Dr. Rossini shared her views on posthumanism, interaction with other life forms, and a global ethics of difference. Manuela Rossini is an independent researcher and executive director of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Humanities at the University of Bern (www.iash.unibe.ch). She edits the book series Experimental Practices and is on the editorial board of Critical Posthumanisms and Word & Text. Full...

Francesca Ferrando | Towards A Posthumanist Methodology. A Statement.

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Abstract In the emerging field of Posthuman Studies, extensive debate has been formulated on what is Posthumanism. The main focus has been directed towards the contents and meanings of a posthuman paradigm shift, while the methodology employed to reflect upon has hardly been disputed. This statement argues the potential of Posthumanism as a research method, presenting the reasons why posthuman theorists should reflect on methodology, and which methodological risks they can encounter. It addresses what it entails to adopt a posthumanist methodology, and how a posthuman approach can be employed in applied philosophy and normative ethics, ultimately turning into a way of existential inquiry. Full...