In conjunction with the International Book Fair (FIL), the University of Guadalajara will bestow an honorary degree (Doctor Honoris Causa) on Judith Butler, the acclaimed U.S. philosopher and gender theorist whose work has influenced political philosophy, ethics and the fields of third-wave feminist, queer and literary theory.
Butler has actively supported lesbian and gay rights movements and has spoken out on many contemporary political issues, including Zionism and the effect of Israel’s policies on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.
Her books have been translated into numerous languages. “Gender Trouble,” in which she argues that gender is a kind of improvised performance, is now available in 27 languages. In addition, she has co-authored and edited over a dozen volumes and also published many influential essays, interviews and public presentations.
Butler is considered one of the most influential voices in contemporary political theory and the most widely read and important gender theorist in the world.
Butler will speak (in English), as part of the Julio Cortázar Chair of Latin American Studies, at the Universidad de Guadalajara’s Paraninfo Enrique Díaz de León (Avenida Juarez 975) Monday, November 26, noon. Her conference theme will be “A Critique of Violence for Our Times.” Free entry. For more information on this event, call (33) 3819-3300, ext. 23520.
Butler will receive her honorary degree in a separate ceremony Tuesday, November 27, 11 a.m., in the same venue.