Book Launch: Feminist Reconfigurings of Alien Encounters

Welcome to the launch at Index Foundation for the book, "Feminist Reconfigurings of Alien Encounters – Ethical Co-Existence in More-than-Human Worlds" by Nina Lykke, Katja Aglert, and Line Henriksen.

Date and time
4 April 2024 at 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Type of event
Place and route

The book is published by Routledge, London/New York, as part of the series ’More-Than-Human Humanities’ edited by Marietta Radomska and Cecilia Åsberg.

The book reclaims the notion of alien encounters together with strange but queerly loved companions: Vulgar slugs, diatoms (micro-algae), and familiars (spirit guides of witches). This playfully crafted mixed-genre book is informed by feminist posthumanisms and co-created with a spectral community of more-than-humans who are respectfully summoned to contribute with their perspectives. In focus of the entangled artistic-philosophical-poetic investigations are questions of ethics, aesthetics, and methodologies to co-exist response-ably rather than based on modern human beliefs in exceptionalism and entitlement to sovereignty, control, and conquest of more-than-human worlds.

During the launch event, the authors and book series editor will introduce the book, and perform live readings from the poetic texts that together with philosophical reflections run through the book. Participants will also be invited to try out a creative writing prompt, perhaps leading you to a lovingly queer encounter with your own aliens. The book will be available to purchase with a discount. The event will be held in English.

Nina Lykke, co-author, poet, writer and professor of gender studies, Linköping University.

Katja Aglert, co-author, artist, Senior Lecturer of Fine Art, Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

Line Henriksen, co-author, Senior Lecturer in Literature and Creative Writing, Malmö University.

Marietta Radomska, co-editor of The More-than-Human Humanities Series, and leader of The Eco- and Bioart Lab, Linköping University.

The Bookshop Situation Series at Index is based on events to present books, magazines, records and other artistic formats. The bookshop situation is a way to test content, to share it, to distribute it, offering situations to be part of a community of experimental producers and users.