Terra Critica – Why critique?

Lecture by Birgit M. Kaiser and Kathrin Thiele
April 18th, 2018

Birgit Mara Kaiser is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Transcultural Aesthetics at Utrecht University. Her research spans literatures in English, French and German from the 19th to 21st century, with particular focus on poetic knowledge production; the relation of literature, aesthetics and affect; and writing subjectivity in transcultural and post/colonial constellations of power, for which especially questions of un/translatability, multilingual writing and the materiality of language are important.

Kathrin Thiele is Associate Professor Gender Studies and Critical Theory at Utrecht University. Trained transdisciplinarily in Gender Studies, Sociology, Literary Studies and Critical Theory, her research focuses on questions of ethics and politics from queer feminist, decolonial and posthuman(ist) perspectives. Her published work intervenes in contemporary feminist debates around (sexual) differences, de/coloniality and new materialism/posthumanisms, with specific attention to questions of relationality, implicatedness and entanglements.

Together, they coordinate »Terra Critica: Interdisciplinary Network for the Critical Humanities«.