Vital Platforms: Towards A Feminist Theory of Human Media. A talk by Neferti Tadiar.
Vital Platforms: Towards A Feminist Theory of Human Media
Friday, March 4, 2016 1:30-3:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop
Free and open to the public
This talk proposes a feminist theory of forms of human media – exemplifying the use or actuation of humans as the instruments of other humans’ will and expressive agency – as integral but overlooked component forces in the colonial and postcolonial expansion of global capital. Focusing on historical and contemporary Philippine social contexts, Tadiar explores the gendered and racialized mediatic function of humans, or what she calls “vital platforms”, as a way of understanding the continuing role of forms of non-free life in the contemporary production of disposability and value.
Neferti X. M. Tadiar is author of Things Fall Away: Philippine Historical Experience and the Makings of Globalization (2009) and Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order (2004). She is Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and Co-Editor of the journal Social Text. Her current book project is entitled Remaindered Life.
Cosponsored by the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature; the Program in Asian American Studies; the Race, Indigeneity, Gender and Sexuality Initiative; and the Department of American Studies.