1st Edition

Alien Vectors: Accelerationism, Xenofeminism, Inhumanism

Edited By James Trafford, Pete Wolfendale Copyright 2020
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book works through the notion of the alien in contemporary philosophy. The authors attempt to think through politics, posthumanism, and alienation beyond and across the circuitry of thought that would otherwise enfold the alien in its regressive and parochial trappings.

    The figure of the Other has held critical thought in its sway for decades, to the point that we now suffer from a surfeit of alterity. This book considers whether the figure of the alien can offer us something better. It traces the outlines, intersections, and problems of emergent vectors of thought that coalesce around a renewed relationship to alienation: left accelerationism, xenofeminism, and inhumanism. Their common thread is the embrace of alienation as a positive force, transforming our progressive exile from a series of edenic harmonies – be they economic, sociological, or biological – into an esoteric genealogy of freedom.

    Appeals to alien forces can mask all too familiar prejudices, repackaging old assumptions in the language of sublime strangeness or harsh reality. This book seeks to move beyond this by looking at how the notion of the alien interacts with present problems and politics. It was originally published as a special issue of Angelaki.


    James Trafford and Pete Wolfendale

    Introduction – Alien Vectors: accelerationism, xenofeminism, inhumanism

    James Trafford and Pete Wolfendale

    Part I: Politics

    1. Strategy Without a Strategiser

    Alex Williams

    2. Platform Cosmologies: enabling resituation

    Patricia Reed

    3. Empire’s New Clothes: after the "peaceful violence" of neoliberal coloniality

    James Trafford

    Part II: Posthumanism

    4. The Reformatting of Homo Sapiens

    Pete Wolfendale

    5. Sapience + Care: reason and responsibility in posthuman politics

    Helen Hester

    6. Xeno-Patterning: predictive intuition and automated imagination

    Luciana Parisi

    Part III: Alienation

    7. Strange Sameness: hegel, marx and the logic of estrangement

    Ray Brassier

    8. Alienation, Freedom and the Synthetic How

    Diann Bauer

    9. Accelerationism’s Queer Occulture: "or, thinking according to the alien ovum of nature"

    Rebekah Sheldon

    10. Elegy

    Dominic Fox


    James Trafford is Reader in Philosophy and Design at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. His book, The Empire at Home, will be published in January 2020.

    Pete Wolfendale is an independent philosopher based in the North East of England, UK. He is the author of Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon’s New Clothes (2014).