The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with British Comparative Literature Association, Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality (BiGS), the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Mapping Maternal Subjectivities, Identities and Ethics (MaMSIE) presents:
Feminist Emergency – International Conference
Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers University), Karin van Marle (University of Pretoria) – uBuntu feminism
Ethical feminists have long argued that intellectual heritages other than those of Anglo-European philosophies can provide feminism with new and original ways of thinking beyond the paradoxes that feminism has faced. For example, think of the contentions between care and justice and the community and individuality. In short summation, uBuntu is a philosophy of affective interconnection which promotes individuation as part of the solidarity that is inherent in our fragility and our dependence on one another. In this paper we will spell out the significance of uBuntu feminism as a feminism that grows out of a South African philosophy of uBuntu and show how it helps us not only resolve some of these paradoxes but gives us a way to think about individuation that feminists have been seeking for a long time. We will explore also uBuntu as a spatial notion and its implications for epistemic and spatial justice.
Chair: Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck, University of London):