Claire Colebrook’s new books Death of the PostHuman: Essays on Extinction, Vol. 1 and Sex after Life: Essays on Extinction, Vol. 2 are now available the Critical Climate Change Series at Open Humanities Press, an open access press affiliated with the University of Michigan Press. The considerable advantage of OHP is that all of its books are free and downloadable upon release. They also have great cover art.
Professor Colebrook was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Rice English Symposium on the ecohumanities, and she will be a keynote this summer at the European Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference in Turin. Colebrook edits the Critical Climate Change series along with Tom Cohen, who was a CENHS speaker in fall 2013.
From the Open Humanities site:
“Death of the PostHuman undertakes a series of critical encounters with the legacy of what had come to be known as ‘theory,’ and its contemporary supposedly post-human aftermath. There can be no redemptive post-human future in which the myopia and anthropocentrism of the species finds an exit and manages to emerge with ecology and life. At the same time, what has come to be known as the human – despite its normative intensity – can provide neither foundation nor critical lever in the Anthropocene epoch. Death of the PostHuman argues for a twenty-first century deconstruction of ecological and seemingly post-human futures.
“Sex After Life aims to consider the various ways in which the concept of life has provided normative and moralizing ballast for queer, feminist and critical theories. Arguing against a notion of the queer as counter-normative, Sex After Life appeals to the concept of life as a philosophical problem. Life is neither a material ground nor a generative principle, but can nevertheless offer itself for new forms of problem formation that exceed the all too human logics of survival.