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Master Class with Judith Butler

Performativity and Precarity:  A Master Class with Judith Butler

Wednesday 12 February 2014

1:00—4:00 p.m.

Judith Butler is an American philosopher and gender theorist at the University of California Berkeley. She will present a master class for graduate students and faculty members of the University of Toronto on the topic of "Performativity and Precarity". Readings will be distributed before the class, and participants are expected to prepare these materials for discussion.

The seminar will consider ways of thinking about precarity as a social relation rather than an existential condition and to consider how performativity can be reconceived as plural action. We will focus on ways of thinking about precarity within recent social movements, but also on how the concept affects ways of understanding biopolitics, or the political management of life. We will think about the recent history of performative language and politics, querying whether performativity can be understood as concerted, corporeal action.

Spaces are strictly limited, and will be awarded on the basis of an application letter.  The application letter should contain the following information:

Contact information (email address and telephone number)
Unit (the department or program in which you teach or study at the University of Toronto; if you are affiliated with a collaborative program, please indicate this.)
Rank (M.A. student / Ph.D. student / postdoctoral fellow / Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)
Current research project (title and one-sentence description)
Why do you wish to participate in this master class? (250 word limit)

Apply online at http://www.humanities.utoronto.ca/funding/id=41 by 17 January 2014.

Participants who are granted a seat will be invited to register via Eventbrite.

Judith Butler will also be giving the annual Alexander Lecture at University College on Tuesday 11 February at 4:30 p.m. (in the East and West Halls), titled “Public Assembly and Plural Action”.

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