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
- performing the self
- reading Butler
- rethinking the human
- terrorism and risk
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.