Warmly welcome to this Higher Seminar with Hub-scholar Dr Anne Sauka (visiting Linköping University, Tema Genus and the Posthumanities Hub), presenting and discussing her work with us over zoom:

Join us Tuesday 23 November at 13.15 on zoom (https://liu-se.zoom.us/j/65703340591). 

Anne Sauka is a researcher implementing the postdoctoral project “Onto-genealogies: The Body and Environmental Ethics in Latvia” (2021 – 2023) at the University of Latvia, where she also works as a lecturer in social philosophy. Currently Anne is a visiting researcher at the Posthumanities Hub and Eco- and Bioart Lab, Department of Thematic Studies – unit Gender Studies (Tema Genus), Linköping University, Sweden.  Anne studies materially embedded genealogies of the body and the environment. Her previous experience is related to the themes of philosophical anthropology, critical genealogy and the biopolitics of the body.  Later she engaged more closely with new materialist theories, exploring processual approaches to the question of body, leading to including biophilosophy and environmental humanities in her areas of interest. Anne’s latest publications can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Anne-Sauka/publications  Contact: anne.sauka@lu.lv


Ontogenealogies of Body-Environments

In this seminar I invite an ontogenealogical approach to the analysis of the lived, experienced materiality of the body-environment assemblage. In particular, the talk explores the tie between the bio(il)logical and biopolitical, characterizing this tie as a twofold ontogenealogical linkage that both a) reflects the genealogical character of life itself, as well as b) invites a critical analysis of the prevailing ontologies as co-constructive of lived materialities. The significance of ontogenealogical approach is studied in context with the parallelism between the genealogies of the self and the environment, highlighting the need for elaborating a critique of the dominant imaginaries of the human self via the notions of abject and body-environment processuality. The seminar highlights the potential of considering local ontogenealogies that reflect alternative ontologies and run parallel to the dominant paradigm of the Global North.