Romina Wainberg is a doctoral researcher in Iberian and Latin American Cultures at Stanford University. She holds a Specialization in Narrative Writing from Casa de Letras, a Licentiate Degree in Letras from the University of Buenos Aires and an M.Phil. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Glasgow. She has worked as a Lecturer in Spanish at the Graduate School of the Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires (I.T.B.A.), as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Centro Cultural Recoleta (C.C.R.) and as a Literature Instructor at the Instituto Superior Cronopios.
"The Posthuman Aporia: On How (Not) to Sacrifice Posthuman Ethics for the Sake of Philosophical Robustness"
I will argue that ethics poses a limit to Speculative Posthumanism (SP) to such an extent, that the formulation of an ethical framework is only feasible within SP when the philosophical consistency of its assumptions is sacrificed. By exposing the contradiction between SP’s claim on the impossibility of accounting for the ethical implications of posthuman becoming (Roden, 2014), and SP’s attempts at accounting for them (Roden, 2010), I will demonstrate that the postulation of Ethical SP is aporetic if philosophically consistent. I will conclude that the oxymoronic nature of this postulation can be dissolved if theoretical robustness is abandoned in favor of the inclusion of unsolved aporetic tensions as an integral part of SP’s philosophical device.