Posted on 26 Jun 2017 in sca eventPresentation

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Free Public Talk: Life Worth Expending

31 July 2017 – 31 July 2017, 7:00pm
Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Neferti X. M. Tadiar

Please join us for a free public talk by Neferti X. M. Tadiar, presented by the UBC Faculty of Arts and the SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. 

Tadiar describes the subject of her talk this way:

In this talk, I propose to reflect on the conditions and significance of “life worth expending,” in today’s new global political economy of life (where all life bears the potential to serve as a direct means and source for the extraction of capitalist value): namely, servitude and absolute expendability. I explore the connections between these two forms of disposability in the transnational context of Philippine social life, specifically, the Philippines’ “warm-body” or labor export industry within the global domestic/reproductive service economy, and the financial enterprise of extrajudicial killings under Philippine President Duterte’s “war on drugs”, within the global security-industrial complex. Together, serviceable and expendable lives comprise a vital-mortal system environment for the enfranchisement of an emergent global humanity. We are thus led to ask, how might we approach “life worth expending” beyond the capitalist and humanitarian notion of a productive, human “life worth living”?

Neferti X. M. Tadiar is Professor of Women's Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. She is the author of Fantasy-Production: Sexual Economies and Other Philippine Consequences for the New World Order, winner of the Philippine National Book Award.