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(Re)birthing the maternal

Secor, Anna J.

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The aim of this essay is to explore the political and ethical potential of (re)birthing through Barad’s conceptualisation of transmateriality. This article puts Barad’s thought on entanglement, emergence, and responsibility into conversation with other work in feminist philosophy and psychoanalysis that has grappled with questions of the maternal, birthing, and ethics. On the one hand, this encounter suggests that there are other ways of posing questions of separation, responsibility, and power through the maternal that might challenge aspects of Barad’s telling. But at the same time, by bringing Barad’s thought into these conversations, I show how Barad’s transpositions of (re)birthing have the potential to radically re-open and trans*figure feminist ethics and politics via a more dispersed, immoderate, and ultimately queer perspective on how the ethics that inheres in the coming into (non)being of the world.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Apr 30, 2023
Publication Date 2023-04
Deposit Date May 22, 2023
Publicly Available Date May 22, 2023
Journal Transpositiones
Print ISSN 2749-4128
Electronic ISSN 2749-4136
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Issue 1
Pages 77-92
DOI https://doi.org/10.14220/trns.2023.2.1.77
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1174668

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