GCS Research

Dr. Libe García Zarranz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies, where she researches at the intersection of contemporary feminist writing in Canada, affect studies, and critical posthumanism. She is also a Scholar in the P. E. Trudeau Foundation, a Research Affiliate for the Canadian Literature Centre at the University of Alberta, and a Board Member of CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts). García Zarranz has published and co-edited special issues on affect, ethics, and the body in contemporary Canadian writing, feminist theory, and film. She is currently completing a book titled TransCanadian Feminist Fictions: New Cross-Border Ethics.



Dr. García Zarranz’s postdoctoral research considers critical posthumanism as an analytical framework from which to rethink the roles of ethics and affect in contemporary feminist transnational writing in Canada. The methodological questions that fuel her project can be summed up as follows: How do recent articulations of the posthuman condition, in their critique of exclusionary policies and systemic violence, allow for a reconfiguration of affective and ethical boundaries? How are writers such as Dionne Brand, Rita Wong, and Larissa Lai contributing to the creation of a feminist posthuman ethics by problematizing multiple boundaries beyond negative critique? These authors are assembling a feminist archive that not only advocates for a politics of resistance, but also contributes to the formulation of alternative ethico-affective relations beyond traditional enlightenment ideologies, exclusionary epistemologies, and necropolitical impulses.

Critical Posthumanism(s) Group

 This working group will meet bi-monthly to discuss the multiple manifestations of the field commonly understood as Critical Posthumanism. We will examine the multifaceted ramifications of this line of research via philosophers and theorists such as Michel Foucault, Rosi Braidotti, Cary Wolfe, Henrietta Moore, and Claire Colebrook, and their common goal of challenging traditional Enlightenement and Humanist ideologies, patriarchal and imperialistic imaginaries, and exclusionary binary oppositions. Insisting on understanding Posthumanisms in its plurality, this research group will pay attention to the porosity of the boundaries between this critico-ethical framework and other related areas of enquiry such as new materialisms, animal studies, affect theory, transgender studies, and critical disability studies, among others. We will discuss the potential of these heterogenous interdisciplinary methodological frameworks to contribute to a discussion on how to build a sustainable road for the (Post)Humanities in the 21st century.

For more information contact: 

Dr. Libe García Zarranz 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Globalization and Cultural Studies