The International Colloquium Politics and Narratives of the Body aims to open an interdisciplinary dialogue, considering the multiple ways of thinking, representing, embodying and writing corporeality, particularly in contemporary contexts. The policies created around the body generate diverse, dissenting, irreverent and complex narratives, discourses and poetics.


In this way, the congress is expected to convene studies on the body and the policies and narratives built around it, from perspectives that include an interdisciplinary approach. Thus, different disciplines of the human, social and artistic sciences would converge in order to transversally think about corporeality.


Jean-Luc Nancy

Université de Strasbourg, France.

Professor emeritus at University Marc Bloch in Strasbourg and regularly taught as visiting professor at several foreign universities. Among his works, alongside the themes of Community, Body and Worship, the reflection on art and artists work have an important place. Pupil and friend of Derrida, he published numerous essays, alone or with Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe. He wrote about and with artists, poets, photographers. He commented on famous works (by Caravaggio, Simon Vouet, Pontormo), collaborated on choreography by Mathilde Monnier and worked at Kiarostami’s cinema. His main works on art: Les Muses, Visitation -of Christian painting-, Le Regard du portrait and Au fond des images. On the body: Corpus.

Judith Butler

University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Professor at the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California. Her fields of work include Feminism, Queer Theory, Political Philosophy and Ethics. She is the author or co-author of Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies that Matter (1993), The Psychic Life of Power (1997), Antigone’s Claim (2000), Contingency, Hegemony, Universality (2000), Women & Social Transformation (2003), Precarious Life (2004) and Undoing Gender (2004), among other titles.

Loïc Wacquant

University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Sociologist specialized in Urban Sociology, Urban Poverty, Racial Inequalities, Body, Ethnography and Social Theory. He is currently professor of Sociology and Research Associate at the Earl Warren Legal Institute, University of California, at Berkeley. He is affiliated to the Medical Anthropology Program, to the Center for the Study of Race and Gender, and to the Center for Urban Ethnography. He also is a researcher at the Centre de Sociologie Européenne (Paris). Some of his books are: Body and Soul: Ethnographic Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer (2000/2004), Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality (2008) and Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity (2009).

Reinaldo Laddaga

University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Reinaldo Laddaga was born in Argentina, lives in New York and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia). His last books (in Spanish) are: A Foreword to My Father’s Books (2011) (Un prólogo a los libros de mi padre, 2011), Laboratory Aesthetics (2010) (Estética de laboratorio, 2010), Three Secret Lives: John D. Rockefeller, Walt Disney, Osama bin Laden (2008)(Tres vidas secretas: John D. Rockefeller, Walt Disney, Osama bin Laden, 2008), Reality Shows (2007) (Espectáculos de realidad, 2007) and Aesthetics of Emergency (2006) (Estética de la emergencia, 2006).

Roberto Esposito

Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.

Italian philosopher and professor of Philosophy at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane in Florence and Naples. He is a member of the International College of Philosophy. Translated into several languages, he has published Communitas: The Origin and Destiny of the Community (PUF, 2000), Immunitas: The Protection and Negation of Life (Einaudi, 2002) and Bios: Biopolitics and Philosophy (Einaudi, 2004).