Joyful Interdisciplinary Experimenting: Donna Haraway’s Feminist Materialised Refigurations

By Lic phil I Ruth Anna Burch.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This paper explores the advantages of Donna Haraway’s (1944–) postmodern–socialist feminist figurations which always only have a particular and specific perspective of the world. Haraway’s interdisciplinary ‘situated knowledge’ is produced by cyborgs and companion species which are continually emerging, inventive symbionts. Haraway construes a self which is embodied, dynamic, and split and whose perspectival cognition is unceasingly creative and generative of multiple, positioned knowledges. She advocates a passionate knowing in which pleasure, laughter, irony, and the ludic play an integral part. I argue that Haraway values surfaces, renegotiations of boundaries, and an experimental philosophy which draws on poetry, a rich imagination, and stuttering. For her, there is no presuppositionless knowing and for this reason she also regards her own theorising as revisable, regulative fictions.
The paper concludes that Haraway’s analysis of and subversive interventions into today’s techno-linguistic code offers empowering accounts of knowledge, power, and agency which allow her and us to articulate heterogeneity and multiplicity in a future-enhancing manner.

Keywords: Interdisciplinary Practices, Donna Haraway, Radical Difference, Gender, Cyborg, Coyote

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.119-132. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.582MB).

Lic phil I Ruth Anna Burch

Doctoral Researcher, Philosophy Department, The University of Warwick, Warwick University in Coventry, Warwickshire, UK

I submitted my PhD thesis on the understanding of science in Donna Haraway and Friedrich Nietzsche in October 2007 to the Graduate School of Warwick University for examination. My Viva Voce exam was held on 28 April 2008.