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The Critical Life Studies Research Group (CLSRG) endeavors to foster cutting-edge and creative, independent and collaborative projects at the intersection of gender and queer theory, posthuman studies, animal and viral/bacterial studies, contemporary philosophy, technoscience studies, anthropocene and extinction studies, environmental humanities, ontology, and ethical and socio-political theory. As such, CLSRG is comprised of a diverse group of individual scholars and linked to a number of networks, Swedish and International—some already existing, some still in the process of formation. Members of the team and some members of these networks will be divided into a variety of substrands. These substrands have multiple working groups, some of which are very specific and targeted toward narrower goals while others will attempt to broaden the scope and combine themes in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. Some members of the team participate in more than one substrand.
CURRENT SUBSTRANDS OF THE ZOONTOLOGY RESEARCH TEAM
1. Posthumous Life and Inhuman Ethics
There are several projects located in this strand. Foremost, the Critical Life Studies book series (General editors: Jami Weinstein, Claire Colebrook, and Myra Hird; Columbia University Press) and, already underway - situated to be the first publication in the series - is a co-edited volume with Claire Colebrook (Penn State University) entitled Inhuman Rites and Posthumous Life.
Confirmed authors include: Elizabeth Grosz, Rosi Braidotti, Paola Maratti, Cary Wolfe, Karen Barad, Myra Hird, Alastair Hunt, Akira Lippit, Donna V. Jones, Eugene Thacker, Nicole Anderson, Susan Heckman, and Rebecca Hill.
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2. Conflict Zones: Genocide, Extinction, and the Inhuman
With co-applicants Claire Colebrook and Nina Lykke, Conflict Zones will be a large-scale, international, interdisciplinary research project.
We are currently in the process of submitting several grant proposals in order to meet together and hash out the ethical and political dilemmas of extinction and genocide, or more generally, annihilation and the possibility of the inhuman. The plan is to meet in three locations over three years as a group of around 31 theorists from a diverse range of disciplines and think together through these issues. The culmination of this project will be several co-edited volumes (along with Claire Colebrook) publishing the results of our research.
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3. Theory Sex: Transgenres, Affects, and Ontological Queerings
This is the newest of the three strands and is still in the process of formation, the network still under construction. Some of this comes out of my own recent work reconceptualizing feminist philosophical “Sex Difference Theory,” another part is derived from my work on queer and gender theory, and the newest element--affect--has been spawned from one of the funded projects (in Bergen, Norway) of which I am a member. I have added affect to my already established research strand focusing on transgenre because of the way in which I would like to mobilize this new turn to affect, a response in some way to the age old mind-body problem, in the service of posthuman theory.
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Last updated: 2014-12-08