Judith Butler

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.  She is active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics, and Jewish Voice for Peace. She is presently the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities. Her most recent publications include Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (Columbia University Press, 2000), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Undoing Gender (2004), Who Sings the Nation-State?: Language, Politics, Belonging (with Gayatri Spivak in 2008), Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009), and two co-authored volumes: Is Critique Secular?(2009) and The Power of Religion in Public Life (2011). More information

Abstract

Versions of Binationalism: from Buber to Said

This talk will consider versions of binationalism from the 1940s in relation to the changing definitions of Zionism, focusing on the emergent understanding of Palestinian dispossession and self-determination.  How do we understand the “bi” of binationalism? Is it two nations or the critique of nationalism? Can it be thought separately from either the one state or two state “solution”?

In 2010 Prof. Butler visited Utrecht University and the Centre for the Humanities in order to co-coordinate the Utrecht School of Critical Theory Intensive Programme: “Cosmopolitanism and diversity in the humanities and Europe: Mapping intersections and creating synergy” (25 January – 12 February 2010 – Utrecht, the Netherlands)

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