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Joint Session in Feminist Theory | Becoming Cyborg. Horizons of Possibilities Unfolding in Feminist Theory and Science Fictions

May 17, 2022 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Joint Sessions in Feminist Theory, 17.05.2022

Joint Sessions in Feminist Theory, 17.05.2022

Organized by: Dr. Esther von der Osten, Peter Szondi Institute of Comparative Literature, Freie Universität Berlin, PD Dr. Susanne Lettow, Margherita von Brentano Center for Gender Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. Tuija Pulkkinen, Department of Cultures, Director doctoral program Gender, Culture and Society (SKY), University of Helsinki.


Mag. Dr. Dagmar Fink (University of Vienna)

The idea of the cyborg emerged in the 1960s in the context of military science. The systemic combination of man and machine was meant to transgress the constraints of the human body. Curiously, feminist philosopher of science Donna Haraway took over this technohumanist concept as an imaginative resource for her socialist feminist manifesto, exactly because cyborgs are neither organism nor machine but both at the same time. For the main target of Haraways concept are dualisms: e.g. self / other, mind / body, man / machine, male / female, civilized / primitive, which have been systemic to the logics and practices of domination. Consequently, her cyborg figuration seeks to confuse boundaries in order to lead the way out of the maze of dualisms. To that end, it builds on Black and Chicana Feminisms as well as on ideas elaborated in feminist science fictions. And Haraway particularly works on an ‘écriture Cyborg’ in order to a find language and an imagery that doesn’t reproduce dualisms.

My truly close rereading of Haraway’s work together with certain feminist science fiction stories explores the very configuration of the cyborg and its capacity to destabilize dualisms. It shows the strength as well as the troubles with Haraway’s concept and engages in (re)writing the cyborg – also with queer_feminist and afrofuturist science fiction.

Bio: Dagmar Fink is an independent literary and cultural critic. She graduated in American Studies, political sciences and sociology at the Goethe-University in Frankfurt / Main (Gerrmany), Ph.D. in Gender Studies from the University of Basel (Switzerland). She published widely on cyborgs, queer_feminist and afrofuturist science fictions, representation, feminist technosciences and queer femininities. Since 2000, she lectures in Gender Studies and on academic writing at various universities in Austria and Germany. She is the chairperson of the Gender Studies Association Austria (oeggf.at) and a founding and board member of the association of feminist scholars in Austria (vfw.or.at). In addition, Dagmar Fink translates academic texts from English to German, since 1996 with the queer_feminist collective gender et alia (genderetalia.net). And she is the co-director of QUEERTACTICS. Queer_feminist_filmfestival Vienna.

Her talk is based on her book, Cyborg werden. Möglichkeitshorizonte in feministischer Theorien und Science Fictions. Bielfeld: transcript 2021.

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May 17, 2022 | 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

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