Rhizomes and the Paradox of Posthumanism

2020 English Events
18 Sep 2020 09.00 AM - 10.30 AM Alumni, Current Students, Industry/Academic Partners, Prospective Students, Public
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SoH Communications Office

Posthumanism is frequently reliant on the very binaries it seeks to overcome, including the very gesture of overcoming or being other than humanism. One of the glib criticisms of postmodernism is that its attempt to achieve a form of relativism or anti-foundational thought creates yet one more foundation. In this talk I will argue that most forms of post-humanism are humanist in their logic, and will explore Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of the rhizome as a counter-method.


Claire Colebrook is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies at Penn State University. She has written books and articles on contemporary European philosophy, literary history, gender studies, queer theory, visual culture and feminist philosophy. Her most recent book is Twilight of the Anthropocene Idols (co-authored with Tom Cohen and J. Hillis Miller).