Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Living as Resistance by Irmgard Emmelhainz, is a collection of essays that take up main historical and contemporary issues and questions raised by feminists in the past century. Emmelhainz rethinks these issues in the current context of a generalized feeling of alienation and lack of belonging, the production of redundant populations*, the omnipresence of the technosphere and environmental devastation, global warming, toxic relationships and nationalisms and the imperative to reconsider the legacy of modernity and decolonize: What is the task of thought and from feminist situated knowledge reflection in the present?
In the framework of “Everyone an Island After All?” which examines the contagions, stratifications, and territorial structures that permeate the city in its current complexity, Irmgard Emmelhainz will be in conversation with Annette Hans about her book and the possibilities of treating each other as well as the world-at-large differently.
Irmgard Emmelhainz is a professor, writer, researcher and translator based in Anahuac Valley (Mexico City). Her work about film, the Palestine Question, art, culture and neoliberalism has been translated to many languages and she has presented it at an array of international venues. The Sky is Incomplete: Travel Chronicles in Palestine is forthcoming with Vanderbilt (2023). She has also published in English Jean-Luc Godard’s Political Filmmaking (Palgrave Macmillan in 2019), Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Living as Resistance (Vanderbilt, 2021) and The Tyranny of Common Sense: Mexico’s Postneoliberal Conversion (SUNY 2021, Debate 2023). She is currently a curatorial research fellow at the Blackwood Gallery in Mississauga, Canada developing a project and book seeking an un-modern, post-human epistemology grounded on the gut-brain axis.
*redundant populations are inevitably produced by the capitalist/colonialist system which is sustained by necropolitics, wasting racialized lives treated as non-citizens.
An event within the framework of “Everyone an Island After All?”