Luce Irigaray: How to Give Birth to a New Human Being? Day II @ ICA, London [18 August]

Luce Irigaray: How to Give Birth to a New Human Being? Day II

11:00 - 20:00

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The Mall, SW1Y 5AH London, United Kingdom
Philosopher Luce Irigaray leads two days of public workshops and talks with researchers working on her thought, with a keynote lecture by Irigaray concluding the second day. Somewhat echoing In formation’s drive to promote new ideas and allow multiple perspectives to co-exist, since 2003 Irigaray has worked outside of conventional academic structures to draw together a revolving community of thinkers from diverse fields in an annual seminar and resulting publications and meetings. Researchers from the disciplines of philosophy, gender studies, religious studies, art and literature, have so been gathered to develop their thought through sharing and exchange.

For the ICA, Irigaray presents an open seminar for the first time, inviting Harry Bregazzi, Jennifer Carter, Ciara Merrick, Elspeth Mitchell, Judith Rifeser and Andrea Wheeler to join her in leading How to Give Birth to a New Human Being? The seminar spans two days, and invites audiences to attend and participate in two different areas of exploration: Culture that Favours Touch (Day I) and Towards a Political Culture Respectful of Life, Desire and Difference (Day 2).

T'he problems and situations to which we face today call for more than mere reforms inside the same cultural horizon. It is the foundation of culture itself which has to be changed. And what is at stake is the urgency of a rebirth of the human being itself. We must thus return to the origin of our cultural tradition and wonder about its lacks in order to start to become again and in order to be able to correspond with what is henceforth required from us.

In these two days at the ICA, with a concern about formation, we will question and inquire about the privilege of sight over touch and the necessity of a cultivation of touch for our human development, beginning with that of children and adolescents. We will also make proposals concerning a politics which no longer focuses on having: money, goods, properties et cetera – but takes into consideration our being, that is, cares about our life, our desire and the difference(s) between us.'
Luce Irigaray, July 2017

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