The Art of Transfiguration: Irigaray on Fluids, Malabou on Plasticity

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Transfiguration is commonly understood as an entity’s evolution over time, as matter changing form, as a ramification of networks, or as a critical-mass-type shift in scale or direction. Centuries of ingrained post-Enlightenment thought habits are difficult to shrug off. But how might we think relations without relata? A world without solids? Bodies without boundaries? Form without matter?

In this talk, I trace Irigaray’s engagement with Heidegger and Lacan and her resultant theory of fluids, formulated against the backdrop of solids and linear developmental trajectories. I further trace Malabou’s more recent engagement with plasticity, formulated against the backdrop of (neuro-) elasticity and stable measurement, via her close reading of Hegel, Heidegger, and Derrida. I do so in order to articulate a mode of thought that is at once philosophical, science-historical and political. Situated between aggregate states, objects – actual and objects of thought – and disciplines, this thought is iterative and relational. As such, it enables ‘internal’ transfiguration.
Period12 Jul 2022
Event titleWomen in the History of Philosophy – Challenging the Canon: Libori Summer School
Event typeCourse
LocationZadar, CroatiaShow on map