Zairong Xiang: Transdualism: The A/history of Yinyang
Transdualism offers an opportunity to dwell below (not beyond) “dualism,” that is, below the logic of either/or. It intends to formulate a critique of dualism without relying on a dualistic model of critique, particularly in what concerns the question of the gendered body. The talk will first explore the notion of “transdualism” by performing a decolonial and de-straightened reading of the concept of yinyang as it is embedded in its etymology, related religious, medical, and philosophical texts, as well as its transformation through history. It will also look at several moments in modern time when yinyang is studied or evoked, especially in Europe, starting from the 1930s onwards when important works on, and translations of, Chinese philosophy became available. The talk will conclude with a reflection, informed by yinyang’s (mis)apprehension as well as its queer/trans and decolonial potential, on the questions of temporalities, and the politics of knowledge in a contemporary climate of stagnation and antagonism.
To the biography of Zairong Xiang
Part of the conference Deep Time and Crisis, c. 1930