During the reading session we will discuss what does it mean to be an ‚individual‘ in contemporary society and how the need for fixed identity denies „both the possibility of individuality in the other, but also the necessity of group solidarity and action“. We will reflect on the difficulties inherent to contemporary feminism and possible ways of overcoming them.
In the second part of the session Nina Power will read fragments of her upcoming book "What Do Men Want?": "'What Do Men Want?' describes the current state of masculinity by examining, among other things, male separatism (the Men Going Their Own Way movement), #MeToo, and the various negative ways male behaviour has been described: 'toxic masculinity', 'manspreading' and so on. It suggests that after #MeToo there is the possibility for a different way that men and women can relate - as friends, as lovers - that moves beyond a zero sum game towards a more playful mode of being." (Nina Power)
Nina Power is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton and is the author of many articles on politics, philosophy and culture. She is the author of "One-Dimensional Woman" and "Das kollektive politische Subjekt".
Recommended readings: Nina Power: From one to many (Texte zur Kunst, 104 / December 2016 "The Individual")
Nina Power: From the Screen to the Street: What is Living and What is Dead in Contemporary Feminism? (WdW Review, May 2017)
Nina Power: One Dimensional Woman (Zero Books, 2009)
Jessa Crispin: Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto (Melville House, 2017)
No reservations needed.
The event follows Nina Powers' lecture on 2 October at Academy of Media Arts Cologne in the context of the 52th International AICA Congress "Kunstkritik in Zeiten von Populismen und Nationalismen"
Fri 27 September
Temporary Gallery is closed
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Reading Session with Nina Power
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