Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von Dr. Chiara Stefanoni


Lehrveranstaltungen

Questioning the Anthropos: Hum/Animal/Environmental Issues (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Chiara Stefanoni

Termin:
wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 10:15 - 11:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 7.320 Seminarraum

Inhalt: The popularization of the term "Anthropocene" to designate our current epoch of socio-ecological crisis offers the possibility to critically investigate the notion(s) of the Anthropos (Human) with the conceptual toolkit of cultural philosophy. In particular, the seminar will unravel the problematic of Anthropos following three - intertwined - lines of analysis: 1. The construction of the Anthropos by means of dualism with "non-paradigmatic" humans, on the line of racism (Sylvya Winter, W.E.B. Du Bois) 2. The construction of the Anthropos by means of dualism with animals, on the line of speciesism (Agamben) 3. The construction of the Anthropos by means of dualism with nature, on the line of anthropocentrism (Haraway, de La Cadena) Particular relevance will be given to the role that technology (and thus the philosophy of technology) plays in these dualisms. Finally, these lines of analysis will be wrapped around the stance of philosophical anti-humanism as a more promising point of departure to addressing important contemporary issues, both theoretically and politically.

Critical Perspectives on Veganism: Ethics, Politics, and Aesthetics (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Chiara Stefanoni

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 16:15 - 17:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 14.102 b Seminarraum

Inhalt: Who are the vegans? Is veganism a lifestyle, a diet, a moral choice, or a political stance? What does it mean to identify as a vegan subjectivity? What has veganism to do with feminism, queerness, (anti-)racism, and other social justice movements? How do we imagine vegan utopias? How is veganism (and carnism) embedded in broader structural power relations in our capitalist society? What is the role of media, aesthetics, and art in shaping imageries of and for veganism? In the seminar, we will address these questions and related ones by adopting the lenses of moral philosophy, political philosophy and voices from the field of Critical Animal Studies and the emerging field of Vegan Studies.

Epistemology and Resistance (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Chiara Stefanoni

Termin:
wöchentlich | Dienstag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 12.010 Seminarraum

Inhalt: The seminar revolves around the central question of the relationship between power and knowledge. We will start with the recognition that knowledges and scientific discourses are deeply intertwined with issues of power and oppression - both in terms of their emergence and their effects. Thus, the first part will be devoted to acquiring the core concepts and vocabulary of social and critical epistemology (e.g. epistemic injustice, epistemic violence, ideology, truth regime). Then, the second part of the seminar will investigate recent and less recent attempts at drawing ways out from the dominant Western epistemological framework, looking for conceptualizations of epistemologies of resistance (Medina) which are at the same time resistant epistemologies and possibilities for critique and protest. Here we will be guided by insights from Marxist thinkers (such as Lukacs) decolonial thinkers (such as Anzaldua, Lugones, Mignolo), feminist thinkers (such as Harding, Hartsock, Haraway), and queer thinkers (such as Ahmed, Sedgwick) (also in their intersectionality).