What future(s) do animals have in and beyond life? In this session, Professor Donna Jones presents her reading of time and the technologization of animal being in Ridley Scott’s landmark 1982 film Blade Runner before opening the conversation up to broader posthumanist questions. This is also an opportunity to examine one of the most persistent modes of thinking about futurity: the speculative. How have our speculative fictions about human and animal being—and human and animal politics—helped to inaugurate our world?
Alexander Weheliye, “Racism: Biopolitics” from Habeas Viscus (Durham: Duke University Press, 2014): pp. 53-73.
Nikolas Rose, “Introduction” from The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power and Subjectivity in the Twentieth Century (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007): pp. 1-8.
Eric Cazdyn, “The New Chronic” from The Already Dead: The New Time of Politics, Culture and Illness (Durham: Duke University Press, 2012): pp. 13-98.
Donna V. Jones is Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. She works on Caribbean, African-American, and American literature. Her book, The Racial Discourses of Life Philosophy: Négritude, Vitalism and Modernity (Columbia University Press, 2010) won the MLA’s Jeanne and Aldo Scaglione Prize in Comparative Literary Studies in 2010. She is affiliated with UC Berkeley’s Program in Critical Theory as well the Science, Technology, and Society Center.
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Animal Futures Working Group is supported by The Program in Critical Theory and organized by UC Berkeley graduate student Joshua Williams (Ph.D. Candidate, Performance Studies; DE in Critical Theory).