Butler Trouble: Queerness and Violence

Terrell Carver, Vortrag und Diskussion

(in English)

Dienstag, 05. Dezember 2017, 19:00 Uhr
aquarium (Südblock), Skalitzer Str. 6, Berlin-Kreuzberg, U-Kottbusser Tor

Judith Butler has been received (and acclaimed or denigrated) as a feminist/queer theorist of sexuality, making an influential gendered critique of the supposed biological facticity of the sex binary itself. She has also featured as a public intellectual deploring interpersonal and state-sponsored violence, taking considerable risks in the immediate post-9/11 American context and with the on-going militarised occupations in Israel-Palestine. Her work has had considerable traction in the former area, but relatively little in the latter. Why is this? I suggest that there is not very much queering in Butler’s political work on violence, whereas a queered view of that work – offered here – could take Freud and Nietzsche where Donald Trump fears to tread.

Terrell Carver is Professor of Political Theory at the University of Bristol, UK, and co-author (with Samuel Chambers) of the book Butler and Political Theory (2009). He writes and teaches on Engels, Marx, Marxism as well as Gender and Queer Studies.


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