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Judith Butler on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Anti-Semitism, and Cohabitation

Judith Butler
Columbia University Press

Internationally renowned philosopher Judith Butler discusses the concept of "binationalism" in the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict, considering its different legacies in Jewish and Palestinian political struggles.

Judith Butler is one of the most influential, widely translated, and highly anthologized philosophers alive today. In her breakthrough book, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Butler argued that neither gender nor sexuality is biologically determined. Butler has also published several books on political theory.

Her latest book, Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism, explores “binationalism” through the work of several prominent Jewish thinkers, including Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt, and Primo Levi in dialogue with Palestinian intellectual Edward Said and poet Mahmoud Darwish. She currently serves as the Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature and the Co-director of the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley.

Butler joins host Jonathan Judaken to discuss the concept of binationalism in the context of the Israel/Palestine conflict, considering its different legacies in Jewish and Palestinian political struggles and bringing together the thought of scholar Edward Said and philosopher Martin Buber to ask, does binationalism have a history that can be told, a future that might be lived? before her April 10, 2014 public lecture at Rhodes College titled "Thinking Binationalism with Martin Buber and Edward Said."

Her lecture will bring together the thought of Said and Buber to ask, does bi-nationalism have a history that can still be told, a future that might be lived?  The lecture begins at 6:00 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom at Rhodes College as part of their Communities in Conversation lecture series. This event is free and open to the public.

For information on the lecture, visit the Rhodes College Communities in Conversation page.

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