Preciado’s “Dysphoria Mundi” Reading Group

October 30, 2023 at 6:30–9:30pm

La lumière collective
7080 Rue Alexandra #506, Montréal, QC H2S 3J5


As part of one of the Feminist Media Studio’s new research axes, ‘Un-disciplined: trans*/queer theory and anti-disciplinarity’, we are organizing a reading group around Paul B. Preciado’s latest book, Dysphoria Mundi (Grasset, 2022). We hope to foster a space to conceptualize, develop, and employ tools of anti-disciplinarity through collective reflection, within the context of what Preciado describes as a moment of ‘historical epistemological transition’.  

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Preciado presents at once a philosophical treaty, a personal narrative and an analytical tool to examine this shift—a moment of transition marked by fractures, crises, and metamorphosis. This shift entails the decline of “patriarchal, sexual, and racial legitimacies” and the ‘petro-sexo-racial regime’ within capitalism. It also marks the emergence of political contestation movements who prefigure emancipatory practices and new futures. Using the Covid-19 pandemic as a metaphorical as well as analytical backdrop, his book offers a critical tool for reflecting on what he perceives as a moment of profound epistemological change. Dysphoria Mundi introduces new approaches to the application of indiscipline, recognizing the significance of “critical acts and political disobedience.” It emphasizes the need to break away from the capitalist, patriarchal, and colonial lineages through practices of inadequacy, dissent, and disidentification. 

The book has not been translated to english yet. We’ve already started to produce a working translation with DeepL, so that folks who do not read french fluently are able to participate as well. Our translation will be imperfect and tentative, but those challenges might feed our collective reflections about Preciado’s work in generative and creative ways. The english version should be published in the next few months, so we might be able to have it for later meetings. For now, copies in french will be given to those who want them, and we will send our working translation to folks who need it. We should be able to share it by the end of October (p. 11-65 of the book).    

The reading group will not take place at the Loyola campus. We want to find a more central location to facilitate engagement, potentially downtown at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute or at Milieux. We are hoping to hold the 1st meeting around late November / early December. We will reach out soon to interested folks about location and scheduling.   

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