UNU-GCM welcomed Judith Butler for our 2015 Annual Guest Lecture. Judith Butler is the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley and the author of numerous key works on political philosophy, ethics, embodiment, gender and queer theory.
On Thursday, 5 November, Butler delivered a public lecture entitled Bodies That Still Matter, focusing on the concepts of gender performativity, precarity and migration. The event was organized in collaboration with the CCCB and over 850 people attended, and many more watched the event in streaming.
The following day, Butler offered an academic seminar, also hosted by the CCCB and co-organized by UNU-GCM. Three academics participated in the exchange with Butler: Parvati Nair, Director of UNU-GCM, Marta Segarra, Professor of French Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Barcelona, and Patrícia Soley-Beltran, sociologist expert in gender studies. Each offered a paper discussing Butler’s work in relation to their respective fields, and Butler then responded to their comments and questions. Butler exchanged with seminar participants about diverse aspects of her work, including gender, precarity, and embodiment.