Butler Trouble: Queerness and Violence @ aquarium am 5.12.17

Logo Queer InstituteVortrag und Diskussion mit Terrell Carver (in English)

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 work on violence, whereas a queered view of violence – 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).

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