Ewa Domańska is Professor of Human Sciences at the Department of History,
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Since 2002 she has been
a recurring Visiting Professor at the Department of Anthropology at Stanford
University, USA. Other contributions by the same author
The explorations presented in the article provide a brief outline of the larger affirmative humanities project. Following Rosi Braidotti’s ideas of affirmative ethics and politics, I propose an understanding of affirmative humanities as a move away from a postmodernist interest in apocalypse, catastrophes, extinction, trauma, suffering, voids, silence and exclusion. I consider affirmative humanities to be a project that is future oriented, envisioning the future in more positive ways (which is not to say naive and unrealistic ways) while aiming to empower the subject (human and non-human, individual as well as collective) and looking for alternative forms of community.