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revolt in technopatriarchal times

Keynote: Paul B Preciado (ES)




What does it mean today to be transfeminist? Can we speak about feminism beyond the framework of identity politics of Western social democracy? What would be a feminism without men and women? What does it mean to speak of queer politics beyond the opposition between heterosexuality and homosexuality?

Preciado sketches in this talk a genealogy of the displacement from the Western modern and colonial patriarchal regime of sexuality towards a new form of technopatriachal regime dominated by pharmacopornographic technologies of power.


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How to resist under this new configuration of power? Whereas traditionally the left has focused on the re-appropiation of the means of production, the transfeminist critique understands the field of reproduction as the core of political control, but also of micropolitical action and resistance.

Far from the segmentation of fights according to identity politics, Preciado advocates for the creation of multiple and unexpected color-queer-crip alliances, for a collective movement “in transition” not dedicated to the fabrication of identity, but rather to open fields of collective transformation.

Biography

Paul B. Preciado is a writer, philosopher, curator, and one of the leading thinkers in the study of gender and sexual politics. An Honors Graduate and Fulbright Fellow, he earned a M.A. in Philosophy and Gender Theory at the New School for Social Research in New York and a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. From 2014 to 2017 he was Curator of Public Programs of documenta 14 (Kassel/Athens).

He is the author of Contra-Sexual Manifesto (Columbia University Press),Testo Junkie. Sex, Drugs and Biopolitics (The Feminist Press) and Pornotopia (Zone Books) for which he was awarded the Sade Prize in France. He is currently Associated Philosopher at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. His last book is called An Apartment on Uranus (Grasset/Anagrama).

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