Friday, March 5, 2010
The Ecstacy of Community and the Foreclosure of the Political Field
THE ECSTACY OF COMMUNITY AND THE FORECLOSURE OF THE POLITICAL FIELD
Dr Margret Grebowicz
Date: Wednesday 17th March
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building
Host: JOMEC, Cardiff University
Contact: Paul Bowman, BowmanP@cf.ac.uk
Feminist critiques—and defences—of pornography have been around for decades. But how does the advent of porn as an internet phenomenon change the way we think of the relationships between speech, freedom, and sex? Engaging with Baudrillard and Butler, I argue that cyberporn has important consequences for political ontology in general, which should reorient critics of pornography to focus on questions of community, sexual/political intelligibility, and the conditions of the possibility of social change.
Dr Margret Grebowicz (Goucher College, Baltimore) is spending 2009-10 as a Researcher at The University of Dundee. She is interested in social and political philosophy through a continental lens, with particular emphasis on gender and the production of knowledge and culture. She is editor of Sci-Fi in the Mind’s Eye: Reading Science through Science Fiction (2007) and Gender After Lyotard (2007). Her most recent projects concern internet pornography, radical democratic theory, and animal studies—sometimes even in conjunction. She is currently working on two books: one on Donna Haraway's later work, and the other, a short book on internet pornography and American democracy.
Dr Paul Bowman
JOMEC, Cardiff University
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