III. OTIUM, DESIRE AND GENDER

The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created.

(hooks 1994:207)

In this chapter I show that an economy of spirit and contribution, as envisaged by Stiegler, needs to consider explicitly the technics and practices which essentialise and reproduce gendered roles, desire and sensibilities, for I posit that gender and otium are reproduced and configured through one another. Feminists such as hooks and Ahmed work within the pharmacological organisation of society: Ahmed challenges academic violence by resigning, and hooks uses feminist pedagogy to reconstitute the classroom as a transformative and transitional space of transindividuation and contribution. Through their commitment and practice of feminist ethics that challenge capitalist patriarchal drives, they open up and explore modifications and transformations of sensibility and reflection (otium) within the general organology.

Otium, desire and gender

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