Judith Butler Study Group @ 221A, Vancouver [from 25 September to 12 February]

Judith Butler Study Group


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25
Sep
 
- 12
Feb
19:00 - 21:00

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221A
221A E. Georgia St., Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1Z6
This Fall at Pollyanna 圖書館 Library, 221A, the University of British Columbia’s Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the Art/Criticality/Theory Research Network (A/C/T), and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice will host a study group on the work of Judith Butler. This six-session study group is convened in anticipation of her academic visit and public lecture in Vancouver in the Winter of 2019.

Judith Butler is the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the Hannah Arendt Chair at The European Graduate School, Saas-Fee, Switzerland. From 2018–20, Butler will serve as the Vice President of the Modern Languages Association, New York, and from 2020–21 she will serve as the MLA’s President.

Butler rose to prominence in 1990 with Gender Trouble, a book that unearthed and interrogated foundational assumptions of gender in philosophy and feminist theory. Butler’s scholarship challenges the confines of disciplinary thinking, reading across philosophy, psychoanalysis, and literature. Butler is also known for her commitment to political activism and her vocal opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

This study group will engage with Butler’s writings from the last two decades, which advanced from her critical early works on gender and sex to engagements with theories of self, the nation, political agency, and transformative politics. As an exercise in collective learning, this program engages with the Belkin Gallery’s Beginning with the Seventies, a series of four exhibitions that are based upon a multi-year research project investigating the 1970s, an era when social movements of all kinds—feminism, environmentalism, LGBTQ and Indigenous rights, access to health services and housing—began to coalesce into models of self-organization that overlapped with the production of art and culture.

No registration is necessary to participate. All sessions of the study group are open to all and free to attend. Each session will be facilitated by study leaders who have selected texts from Butler’s work as primary readings paired alongside supplementary materials.

September 25, 2018, facilitated by Madeleine Reddon
– Judith Butler, “Unwritten Laws, Aberrant Transmissions,” Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2002)

October 9, 2018, facilitated by Sheila Giffen
– Judith Butler “An Account of Oneself," «Foucault's Critical Account of Himself,» Giving an Account of Oneself (2003)
– Michel Foucault, «How Much Does it Cost for Reason to Tell the Truth?» Foucault Live (1989)

November 6, 2018, facilitated by Magnolia Pauker
– Judith Butler, “Responsiveness as responsibility,” “The political promise of the performative,” “The political affects of plural performativity,” “The university, the humanities, and the book bloc,” Dispossession: The Performative in the Political (2013)
– Gayle Rubin with Judith Butler, «Sexual Traffic,» differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies (1994)

November 20, 2018, facilitated by Marianne Nicolson
– Gayatri Spivak and Judith Butler, excerpt, Who Sings the Nation-state? Language, Politics, Belonging (2007)

January 22, 2019, facilitated by John Culbert
– Gayatri Spivak and Judith Butler, excerpt, Who Sings the Nation-state? Language, Politics, Belonging (2007)
– Judith Butler, «Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street,» Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015)

February 15, 2019, facilitated by Vincent Tao
– Judith Butler, «Bodies in Alliance and the Politics of the Street,» Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015)
– Markus Kip, “Solidarity,” Keywords for Radicals (2016)
– Asad Haider, “Universality," Mistaken Identity (2018)

Questions?

For more information about 221A please contact us at [email protected] or +1 604 568 0812.

Territory Acknowledgement

221A acknowledges that the area called Vancouver is within the unceded Indigenous territories belonging to the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. 221A recognizes that the colony of British Columbia was created through organized dispossession and colonial violence. 221A seeks to shift its organizational practices to work together with Indigenous people to end ongoing violence, dispossession and displacement.

Acknowledgments

221A thanks its supporting patrons, businesses, foundations and governments for their in-kind and financial contributions towards the society's facilities, resources and programs. Find out more about our areas of need and become a donor today. http://221a.ca/donate

Access

Pollyanna 圖書館 Library has a 1.8m (6’) wide double set street front entrance with manually operated outward-swinging doors. An interior 6cm (2.5”) high by 60cm (24”) long ramp spans the width of the doorway. The bathroom is not wheelchair accessible. Please contact [email protected] to make arrangements to best accommodate your needs.
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