Noted philosopher to deliver Tanner Lectures on ‘Posthuman, All too Human’

Rosi Braidotti of Utrecht University in the Netherlands will deliver the 2017 Tanner Lectures on Human Values. (Photo by Ed van Rijswijk)“Posthuman, All Too Human” is the theme of the 2017 Tanner Lectures on Human Values that will be delivered this spring by philosopher Rosi Braidotti of Utrecht University in the Netherlands. 

Her first talk, titled “Memoirs of a Posthumanist,” will be on Wednesday, March 1; the second, “Aspirations of a Posthumanist,” will take place on Thursday, March 2. Both talks will be held at 5 p.m. in the auditorium of the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall St. Braidotti will be joined by Joanna Radin, assistant professor of the history of medicine and of history, and Rüdiger Campe, the Alfred C. and Martha F. Mohr Professor of Germanic Languages & Literatures and professor of comparative literature, for further discussion at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 3.

Both lectures and the discussion are free and open to the public.

Braidotti is the Distinguished University Professor and founding director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. Her published works include “Patterns of Dissonance: An Essay on Women in Contemporary French Philosophy,” “Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory,” “Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming,” “Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics,” and “The Posthuman.” In 2016, she co-edited “Conflicting Humanities with Paul Gilroy.”  

Braidotti has been an elected board member of the Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes since 2009. She is also an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a member of the Academia Europaea. She was awarded honorary degrees by the University of Helsinki and the University of Linkoping. In 2005, she was knighted into the Order of the Netherlands by Queen Beatrix.

The Tanner Lectures on Human Values were established by the American scholar, industrialist, and philanthropist Obert Clark Tanner, who hoped that these lectures would contribute to the intellectual and moral life of humankind. For more information, contact the Whitney Humanities Center at 203-432-0670 or email