Jun 11, 2020 — 18:00

Autonomies Čtenářská Skupina Bare Life: The Flesh

The reading group Autonomies is pleased to invite you to a reading and shared discussion of Alexander G. Weheliye's text ‘Bare Life: The Flesh’ from his book Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics and Black Feminist Theories of the Human (Duke University Press, 2014)

Approaching the notion of biopolitics from black feminist perspective, Weheliye articulates how nonwhite subjects are excluded from the category of the human as it is enforced in the modern west. He presents the realm of the flesh, as opposed to that of the body, as a stepping stone towards new genres of the human that are not built upon the idea of western man as the image of human life.

The reading group Autonomies is based on feminist principles and in upcoming sessions it will discuss ideas about art, feminism and alliances between human and non-human agents in the material world, drawing on perspectives from philosophy, cultural theory and natural sciences. The group has been initiated by curator and theoretician Hana Janečková.

Autonomies reading group is always open to all. It aims to foster open discussion in a democratic space in order to recognise the vital alliances of our everyday life with political imagination. Reading the selected text in advance is recommended but not necessary. Printed copies will be available at the meetings and excerpts of the text will be read together to support open discussion. For more info email hana@display.cz.

Text do download: chapter 2 Bare Life: The Flesh