Posthuman Intersections (PID2022-136251NB-I00)

Research Project:

Posthuman Intersections in Irish and Galician Literatures (PID2022-136251NB-I00)

PIs: María Alonso Alonso (PI1) and Manuela Palacios González (PI2)

Members: Margarita Estévez Saá; María Xesús Nogueira Pereira; Marilar Aleixandre; María Jesús Lorenzo Modia; Rexina Vega; Olivia Rodríguez González; Ana Acuña Trabazo; Melania Terrazas; Kasia Moszcynska; Martín Veiga; Catherine Barbour; Maureen O’Connor; Brais Arribas; José Carregal

Period: 2023-2026

Funding institution: Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación / Agencia Estatal de Investigación -AEI- / European Region Development Fund -ERDF-/ UE)

Funding: 46.562’5 €


The PHIRGAL project explores the numerous posthuman configurations and intersections in Irish and Galician literary production since the year 2000 from both transversal and multilingual perspectives. This project takes its starting point from the results of our five prior projects that separately dealt with issues related to gender, migration, ecology and animality. These previous results evinced the need to analyse, from the broader and transversal framework of the debates around posthumanism, the intersections in the various forms of visible and invisible exclusion in current societies as well as the emerging posthuman typologies that question the anthropocentric and androcentric tradition. Through the analysis of Irish and Galician literary texts, PHIRGAL investigates the synergies between different posthuman typologies, such as those found between humans and non-human animals, the environment and the latest technological discoveries, with the aim of fostering the protection of subaltern subjectivities and equal rights. PHIRGAL undertakes the comparative analysis of Irish and Galician literatures because they are both producing the most daring and innovative texts in relation to posthuman identities, whilst current literary criticism is still insufficient. Concepts such as ‘cyborg subjectivities’ (Haraway 1985), ‘radicant subjects’ (Bourriaud 2009), ‘digital humanities (Warwick, Terras and Nyhan 2012), ‘monster theory’ (Cohen 1996), ‘(dis)ability’ (Davis 2006), ‘queer studies’ (Rudy 2000), ‘prosthetics’ (Smith and Morra 2006), etc. are now jointly analysed through the lens of posthumanist theory, which highlights the futility of ontological borders, as pointed out by Donna Haraway (1985, 2003, 2016) and Rosi Braidotti (1994, 2013, 2019), and questions Western anthropocentrism, which places the European white man as the centre of the universe. Thus, PHIRGAL aims to identify, from a comparative perspective, the ethical and aesthetic challenges to discourse and representation posed by the configurations of posthuman identity in current Galician and Irish literatures. The 15 members of our research and work teams, from 5 national and 3 international universities, not only actively contribute to the generation of knowledge in the philological field, but also share this knowledge with society at large through transfer activities such as reading clubs, writing workshops and a variety of activities with renowned Galician and Irish authors.