Eeva Urrio, MA
Doctoral student, Gender Studies
Politics of Philosophy and Gender (PPhiG)
Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies
P.O. Box 59
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
tel: +358 9 191 23077
fax: +358 9 191 23315
The Concepts of Difference, Desire, and the Body in Deleuzian Feminist Theory.
My PhD project is a study on the central concepts of Deleuzian feminism, ie. feminist theory inspired mainly by the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. I pay special attention to the problematic of the new and the future, which is strongly present in the works of Deleuzian feminists. This problematic of the new will be further explicated through a critical analysis of three concepts, which are central in the field of feminist theory at large: difference, desire, and the body. My approach in this project is to pay close attention to the philosophical and theoretical background present in the works of Deleuzian feminists. One of the main questions of the study is what are the possibilities and limits that this background poses to the thinking of change, the new, and the future, specifically in relation to sexual differences and sexuality. The study aims at offering a critical reading of one of the most important lines of thought in contemporary feminist theory. Furthermore, as feminism is a critical movement and critical theory arising from the dissatisfaction with the way things are at the moment, and from the need for a change, contemplating on the feminist future and feminist change in Deleuzian feminist theory, is also a means to address a wider problematic of the nature and meaning of feminist change.
My PhD thesis is supervised by professor Tuija Pulkkinen.