April 5-7 | Butler on “Bodies That Still Matter” at VU

On 5-7 April 2017, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam will host the international conference ‘Critical Theory in the Humanities: Resonances of the Work of Judith Butler,’ organized by research institute CLUE+ and co-financed by KNAW.

Next to Butler, who will speak on “Bodies That Still Matter,” there will be keynote lectures by:

  • Adriana Cavarero, “The Voice of Plurality”
  • Amelia Jones, “Intimate Relations: Queer Performativity and the Theatricalization of Filiation”
  • Achille Mbembe, “Negative Messianism and the Ethics of Consequences”
  • Jacqueline Rose in conversation with Judith Butler, t.b.a.
  • Aagje Swinnen, t.b.a.
  • Iris van der Tuin, “On Being (Becoming) a Feminist Philosopher”
  • Charlotte Witt, “Voluntarism about Gender”

In addition, there will be sixty paper presentations by international scholars on a wide range of topics, including:

  • art and gender
  • asylum and sexuality
  • bodies acting in concert
  • framing the image
  • journalism and performativity
  • limits of the nation state
  • liveable lives
  • mourning
  • performing the self
  • precarity
  • reading Butler
  • recognition
  • rethinking the human
  • terrorism and risk
  • vulnerability

The conference will close with a performance by the German artist Johannes Paul Raether at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In the guise of his so-called self-sisters, named Transformella and Protektorama, Raether challenges conventional assumptions about identities, bodies, and technology.

For the full programme and registration, see http://www.butleramsterdam.com. Next to registering for the full three days, it is also possible to buy a separate ticket for the evening lecture by Achille Mbembe.