Speakers

Eva Maria Korsisaari

Eva Maria Korsisaari

Eva Maria Korsisaari is a postdoctoral researcher at the Christina Institute for Women’s Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland. Her areas of research are feminist philosophy and feminist literary studies, and her interests lie especially in questions concerning love, embodiment, intersubjectivity and the ethics of sexual difference. Her latest publications include a monograph entitled Tule, rakkaani! Naisen ja miehen välisestä etiikasta kirjallisuuden rakkauskuvauksissa [Come, My Love! On Ethics Between Woman and Man in Love Literature] (2006), in which she discusses with Luce Irigaray the ethics of erotic love and explores love literature from The Song of Songs to Barbara Cartland’s novels.

 

Paper: "The Touch of the Caress: Luce Irigaray and Eugène Guillevic on Love, Intercorporeality and Ethics"

In her presentation Eva Maria Korsisaari concentrates on the phenomenology of the caress and the ethics of carnal love by exploring Eugène Guillevic’s poetry and Luce Irigaray’s philosophy. Even though their genres, styles and emphases are different, and even though one depicts the erotic experiences of a man, and the other the erotic experiences of a woman, she argues that Guillevic and Irigaray share a common cause: there is ethics already in sensibility, and the caressing touch makes ethics possible even in the most elemental of erotic encounters.