Drucilla Cornell – The Spirit of Revolution: Beyond the Dead Ends of Man

Event Date: 18 November 2016

Room B13
43 Gordon Square
School of Arts
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1H 0PD

The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Birkbeck School of Law present:

Professor Drucilla Cornell (Rutgers) with Stephen D. Seely The Spirit of Revolution: Beyond the Dead Ends of Man

In recent years, some theorists have effectively disavowed both ‘the human’ and revolutionary politics. In the face of massive geopolitical crisis, post humanists have called for us to reconsider the superiority and centrality of humankind and the human, and question how Man can presume to change the world by revolutionary action, particularly when such hopes and dreams seem to have been swept into the dustbin of history. Professor Cornell seeks to provoke us to reaffirm agency and the struggle against colonialism and capitalism through a series of creolised readings: Foucault with Ali Shari’ati, Lacan with Fanon, and Spinoza with Sylvia Winter. Can ‘political spirituality’ have a place in the current debates between humanism and post-humanism?

Introduction by Dr Oscar Guardiola-Rivera (Birkbeck):





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