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The Posthuman & New Materialism

16 Agosto 2021 - 27 Agosto 2021

Utrecht Summer School Online Course by Prof. Rosi Braidotti

August 16-27, 2021 (on select days)

Theme and structure
The 2021 intensive Summer School course will continue the tradition of neo-materialist, critical feminist
posthuman theory that Braidotti is known for. It focusses on the intersections and divergences between
two movements of thought that are close, but distinct. The posthuman turn is defined as the
convergence, within the context of advanced or cognitive capitalism, of post-humanism on the one hand
and post-anthropocentrism on the other. Neo-materialism is a theoretical framework that straddles
several research fields and emphasizes the embodied, embedded, relational and affective
interconnections across human and non-human entities. The intersections between these two lines of
critical enquiry generated some of the most exciting contemporary debates. The course offers a selected
overview of this scholarship across a trans-disciplinary range of fields that includes philosophy, literature,
law, media, pedagogy and the arts. Mindful of the patterns of exclusion of the sexualized, racialized and
naturalized “others” that were not recognized as belonging to humanity, special attention is devoted to
perspectives emerging from Black and indigenous epistemologies and to the efforts to think beyond
anthropocentrism. Priority will be devoted to art practices as forms of advanced research and
methodological issues in general.
The course is offered entirely online and is sub-divided in 5 groups of 25 students maximum. Each group
is led by a lecturer/tutor and Braidotti visits all of them in turn.
Each day is structured by a mixture of pre-recorded and live lectures by the course director and invited
lecturers; live Q&A sessions with all the lecturers; tutorial groups, seminar sessions and artists labs.
Informal meetings will also be encouraged at lunchtime and at leisure.

PLEASE NOTE: The groups are organized by different regional time-zones: one for Australia and the
Pacific; one for North and South America; and three groups for Europe.
• The European time-zone programme runs from 9:00-15:00 CET daily.
• The Americas time-zone programme runs from 8:00-14:00 PST/11:00-17:00 EST.
• The Australia-South Pacific programme runs from 14:00-20:30 AEST daily

Apply now! First Come, First Served!

Applicants are free to select which time zone they prefer to attend, (e.g. Europeans may want to select
the North American time zone if they work full time) but the content is the same for every region. Please
state in your letter of motivation for which time zone you would like to apply.
Competition for registration is strong so you are advised to apply early, as places are allocated on the
basis of first come, first served.

Confirmed Lecturers (and more to come…):
Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University), Dr. Simone Bignall (University of Technology
Sydney), Dr. Natalie Harkin (Flinders University), Assoc. Prof. Mai Al Nakib (University of
Kuwait), Dr. Ruth Clemens (Utrecht University), Dr. Emily Jones (University of Essex),
Kay Sidebottom (Leeds Beckett University), Fiona Hillary (RMIT University), Goda
Klumbyte (University of Kassel).

Assigned reading
Posthuman Knowledge (Polity Press, 2019), by Rosi Braidotti
o Posthuman Ecologies (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), edited by Rosi Braidotti and
Simone Bignall

Background reading
o The Posthuman (Polity Press, 2013), by Rosi Braidotti
o Selected entries from the Posthuman Glossary (Bloomsbury Academic 2018),
edited by Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova

Application procedure
Course fees Course fee for students: €350
Course fee for non-students: €550

Application deadline: May 1, 2021.
For more information, contact R. Braidotti’s assistant at


• Due to high demand applications GO on a first-come, first-served basis
• When maximum participation is reached, the applications will be closed
• Pick and indicate your favourite time-zone in motivation letter
• Your registration is finalized only after the fees have been paid
• You are expected to do the background reading before the start of the course • You are expected to buy the assigned books by Braidotti
• Apply via this link


16 Agosto 2021
27 Agosto 2021
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