7 September 2015

Conflicting Humanities


Prof. Rosi Braidotti (Utrecht University, Centre for the Humanities) and Prof. Paul Gilroy (King's College London, English and American Literature) explore the question of how to reinvent the humanities in their book Conflicting Humanities.

Rethinking the humanities

How might we reinvent the humanities? In Conflicting Humanities, edited by Braidotti and Gilroy, renowned scholars from various disciplines within the humanities reflect on this central question. Taking the intellectual and political legacies of Edward Said as a point of departure and frame of reference, contributors to this volume consider the current condition of humanism and the humanities. Conflicting Humanities shows that Said's definition of the core task of the humanities as the pursuit of democratic criticism remains more urgent than ever. However, Braidotti and Gilroy's book also reveals that this definition needs to be supplemented by gender, environmental, and antiracist perspectives as well as by detailed analysis of the necropolitical governmentality of our time.


Rosi Braidotti is Distinguished University Professor and founding Director of the Centre for the Humanities at Utrecht University. 

Paul Gilroy is Professor of English and American Literature at Kings College, London.

Contributors to this volume include Ariella Azoulay, Etienne Balibar, Akeel Bilgrami, Rosi Braidotti, Judith Butler, Paul Gilroy, Stathis Gourgouris, Engin F. Isin, Jamila Mascat, Aamir Mufti, Ankhi Mukherjee, Gayatri C. Spivak, Marina Warner, Robert J.C. Young.


  • Title   Conflicting Humanities
  • Editors   Rosi Braidotti & Paul Gilroy
  • ISBN   978-1-474-23754-3
  • Publisher   Bloomsbury