Two Senses of the Post in Posthumanism

  • Pal Ahluwalia


This essay draws attention to the implication of rupture in the idea of a Eurocentric posthumanism and indicates how such a rupture is premised in a classificatory system based on a normative humanism. A posthumanism of this kind, in its emergence, also extends its inverse double, the nonhuman monster, grafted onto the subaltern. As of our time, this periphery is represented most aptly by the Islamic terrorist. In place of this problematic rapturous ‘post,’ Ahluwalia invokes Paul Gilroy’s idea of pan-humanism, which revises post-Enlightenment humanism through multicultural engagement with its alternatives, a cultural micropolitics which consciously enlarges and extends individual and collective subjectivity. Such a pan-humanism can be thought of as a posthumanism, not a post which exceeds humanism but includes and surpasses it through an open-ended extension based in subjective cultural praxis.


Colonial Project Islamic Terrorist Frantz Fanon Determined Mutuality Liberal Humanism 
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  1. 1.University of PortsmouthPortsmouthUnited Kingdom

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