Genos: Between Nature and Hegemony
The Greek word Genos encompasses a range of meanings: lineage, breed, kinship, race, gender, kind, type. Within structural anthropology, kinship has been identified as the foundation of the social as such; for Lèvi-Strauss the exchange of women is as foundational to the sociality of human life as the exchange of language, and as Gayle Rubin argued in "The Traffic in Women" the sex/gender system must be understood through a layering of these insights with the psychoanalysis of Lacan and a Marxist conception of political economy. Kinship, however, is also the site in which our existence as mortal, living, animal beings erupts into human life as birth, development, growth, sexuality, reproduction, and death. Just as determinately as the insights of metaphysics, the structures of kinship give these "natural" and ephemeral phenomena shape, meaning, and longevity. Genos is exposed in Greek texts as a site where the factical and material ties of birth between mothers, children, and siblings, figured on the side of nature, the feminine, the corporeal, and the household, come into crisis in relation to the symbolic, the social, the political, and the philosophical, ineluctably marked as masculine. Focusing especially on Aeschylus's Oresteia, this paper endeavors to map this conjuncture in its stability and instabilities. All colloquia are on Friday afternoons, 3:30pm in 115 Peabody unless otherwise noted, light refreshments follow in the atrium unless otherwise noted. Talk titles TBA.
October 6, 2017 - Emanuela Bianchi (NYU)
February 2, 2018 - Robert Hopkins (NYU)
February 16, 2018 - Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center)
April 13, 2018 - Dale Jamieson (NYU)
April 17, 2018 (Tuesday) - Mark Rowlands (University of Miami)
More information about the individual lectures will be available on the lecture series event page.
Recent Past Colloquia:
April 29, 2016 - Emily McRae, ”Emotion, Affliction, and Perception: A Tibetan Buddhist Account of the Psychology of Oppression”
April 14, 2017 - David Birks (University of Oxford; University of Kiel) "Benefiting Offenders"
April 7, 2017 - William Maker (Clemson University) “'By any means necessary?': Hegel and Malcolm X on the Legitimate Use of Violence"