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.
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.
University of California, Berkeley, USA.
Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1984. She is the author of several books, including Subjects of Desire: Hegelian Reflections in Twentieth-Century France, (1987), Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997), Excitable Speech (1997), Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (2000), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable?(2009), Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012), Dispossession: The Performative in the Political co-authored with Athena Athanasiou (2013), Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015), Vulnerability in Resistance (co-authored, 2016) and The Force of Non-Violence, (2020). Her books have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages and she has received 11 honorary degrees. She was from 1996-200 a principle investigator of Mellon Foundation Grant that supports the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs which she founded and co-directed from 1996-2000. Butler is active in several human rights organizations, having served on the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York and presently on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. She was the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities (2009-13), was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2018, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. In 2020, she served as President of the Modern Language Association.
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).
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).
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).