This subproject continues the work developed in the “Globalized Cultural Markets” project (Ref. FFI2010-17282; http://globalculturesproject.com/).
Having analyzed there the production, circulation and reception of “difference” commodification in the global market –including intersecting features of identity, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class and nation-, the subproject “Bodies in Transit: Making Difference in Globalized Cultures” will study the circulation of different/differing bodies as commodities in contemporary cultural representations, using case examples from diverse artistic media. It will contribute to the evaluation of the potential of those divergent bodies towards the consolidation of posthumanist epistemologies, that is, neither anthropocentric nor androcentric ways of knowing.
This subproject is fundamentally based on the work of Rosi Braidotti, Donna Haraway, Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Manuel Castells, Pierre Bordieu, Judith Butler, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said, Anthony K. Appiah, and Sara Ahmed.
The specific objectives are listed below, in association with their respective work packages:
Interrogate the interrelation of contemporary theories of subjectivity in globalization from transnational and posthuman perspectives through the concept of the body in transit (mutant or displaced) in artistic practices (literary and visual). (Work package 4)
Evaluate the relevance of the divergent/different body in humanitarian, cosmopolitan and affect theory discourses and the implication for the neoimperialism of globalization, through critical cultural analysis. (Work package 5)
Analyze the transit of the textual corpus of minorities in global markets and appreciate the cultural strategies that resist the commercialization of difference and their contribution to epistemologies and cultural practices that are more egalitarian and democratic. (Work package 6)