Denison Hosts Judith Butler To Discuss 'Precarious Life'
Posted: March 16, 2004
GRANVILLE - Denison University will host Judith Butler, chancellor's professor in the department of rhetoric and comparative literature at the University of California at Berkeley, to lecture on the "Precarious Life." This event, set for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday (March 30) in Slayter Auditorium, is free and open to the public. Butler's visit is co-sponsored by the women's studies program, the philosophy department and the Laura C. Harris fund.
Butler's work spans from cultural studies and philosophy to political theory and gender studies, and she explores such issues as speech and conduct in contemporary political life and the role cultural prejudices play in genetic studies of sex determination. Her recent research, using manuscripts from Kafka, Freud, Foucault, Adorno and Levinas, focuses on a critique of ethical violence and an effort to formulate a theory of responsibility for a subject who cannot always know herself.
Butler has written extensively on questions of identity in politics, gender and sexuality and her books includeGender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex", Excitable Speech: Politics of the PerformanceandAntigone's Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death. She has also published numerous essays on philosophy, feminism and queer theory.
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