ENSO Seminar Series

Regarding Perspectives: Bridging Feminist and Enactivist Theorizing

Nick Brancazio

University of Wollongong
Feb. 4, 2021, 9 a.m. UTC // Feb. 4, 2021, 9 a.m. in UTC
Though the commonalities between feminist epistemologies and situated approaches to cognition are largely “accidental” (Pitts-Taylor 2014), theorists building bridges between these areas have developed a rich literature in what I call feminist philosophy of e-cognition. In encouraging increased engagement with feminist literature across enactive cognitive science more broadly, I offer some insights from standpoint theory. Standpoint theorists have discussed the ways that collectivizing has led to privileged knowledges on the oppressions experienced by marginalised groups as well as a deeper understanding of the differences between the values and interests of communities. Given some central lessons of standpoint theory, I discuss the need for critical reflection on what is being taken for granted in enactive theorizing about the shaping of cognition through social situatedness, norms, identities, and interactions.

Link to join/watch the seminar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6PqV_0C2JA