The IGS Phyllis Kaberry Commemorative Lecture 2018 was given by Patricia MacCormack, Professor of Continental Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University.
‘TOWARD AN AHUMAN MANIFESTO’
INTERNATIONAL GENDER STUDIES AT LADY MARGARET HALL
UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
Wednesday 16th of May
The Posthuman after the announcement of the age of the Anthropocene seems to have exhausted itself. Issues of transhumanism and nihilism have caused a posthuman despair and world issues a helpless fatigue. This introduction traces the development of the impetus to think and act ourselves as ahuman – forsaking human privilege through acts of ethical affirmation that open the world to the other and to difference without forsaking what the posthuman gave away – truth, reality, materiality and life itself. Through practices that acknowledge our human and posthuman history and devastation while devising new modes of action that take us away from human dominating actions, the Ahuman proscribes no new template, and fetishizes no Other in its transformativity. Rather, the Ahuman celebrates and demands imagination and creativity in an increasingly impossible world.