Sanja Milutinović Bojanić:
Rhetoric of Emancipation vs. Rhetoric of Misogyny

This talk deals with linguistic (in)ability: the accent is on rhetoric and the ways of articulating issues of emancipation and misogyny, as well as the ways of transmitting publicly these often burning and emotionally overcharged phenomena. I begin with language and a few elements of rhetoric, but I move quickly on to the voice. I would like to say a few words about the public voice, the right to public voicing and expression of attitudes, thoughts, feelings – a recurring theme in the writings and debates of the thematization of emancipation. I will take certain technical details in order to justify my title, and move on to formulating questions of emancipation, the negative phenomenon of misogyny, focusing above all on the moment, means and kinds of speech (position, declaration, proclamation) in which emancipation but also misogyny become instruments in the hands of various politics and ideologies. The question with which I broach the whole subject is whether it is possible to think these two separately, and if so, under what conditions?

Sanja Bojanic is a researcher immersed in philosophy of culture and queer studies with an overarching commitment is to comprehend contemporary forms of gender, racial and class practices, which underpin social and affective inequalities specifically increased in the current political contexts. She obtained an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies; and M.A. in Hypermedia Studies at the Department of Science and Technology of Information and a Ph.D. degree at the University of Paris 8, processes that ultimately led to interdisciplinary research based on experimental media and artistic practices. She is vice-dean for international cooperation at the Academy of Applied Arts where she is teaching and the executive director of the Center for Advanced Studies for southeast Europe (CAS SEE) at the University of Rijeka.