Torsdagsseminarium: "Singularity in the Wake of Slavery: Adriana Cavarero’s Ontology of Uniqueness and Alex Haley’s Roots"

  • Datum: –15.00
  • Plats: Centrum för genusvetenskap KWB
  • Föreläsare: Fanny Söderbäck, Associate Professor of Philosophy, DePaul University, Chicago
  • Arrangör: Centrum för genusvetenskap
  • Kontaktperson: Nicole Ovesen
  • Seminarium

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In this talk, I examine Italian feminist philosopher Adriana Cavarero’s ontology of uniqueness through a reading of Alex Haley’s novel Roots, and the recent television adaptation of that book. If Cavarero has insisted throughout her work that we need to challenge the philosophical privileging of abstract universality and focus instead on the irreducibility of embodied singularity, and if such a move in her work has always relied on a feminist analysis of the role women play in such a drama, I argue that attention to issues of race and the institution of slavery both supports and complicates her analysis in meaningful ways.