Cosmopoetics curated by M.A.M.

Cosmopoetiche is a theoretical and artistic project which elaborates on the question of the ‘Cosmo’ and on the ethics and poetics of some contemporary feminist philosophers. It finds its inspirations in the extraordinary work carried out by the mothers of feminine writing – Virginia Woolf, Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, Adrienne Rich, Clarice Lispector, Donna Haraway, and many other ‘matriarchs’ – and intimately studies the ‘hydrofeminism’ proposed by  Astrida Neimanis, the new dance as theorized by Erin Manning, the radical articulation of corpus infinitum by Denise Ferreira da Silva, gathering many of the other inspirations of thought and praxis that arrive from the feminist ‘cosmic’ involvement. The volume occupies the ‘un-disciplinary’ spaces where the cosmos is thought, written, and communicated with radical, experimental, and militant emphasis: narrative, contemporary dance, installations, and performances. Its themes of analysis are the question of migration in the Mediterranean, the relationship that the dance is experimenting with the Other; the relations of science and art; the ecofeminist interest which comes from young artists who claim their hybridity and their creative experimentations of gender and race. The volume’s focus is signed by women, and it is written for women, narrating and visualizing different forms of feminine existence. This is the way that the collective text reflects on the Kosmos, its ‘extreme’ figurations (Braidotti), the languages of its hospitality, its interdisciplinary crossings, the ecofeminist inventions which arrive for elsewhere and outside the western world. Cosmopoetiche is published with the fundings for the promotions of activities of Public Engagement year 2021, Dipartimento di Studi Umani e Sociali, Università di Napoli L'Orientale. The artist Maria Thereza Alves offers her magnificent ‘acquerello su carta’ The Flood 2013; Morgane Halilem creates the lavisthat accompany Cosmopoetiche.


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