Judith Butler counts among the most influential scholars in the humanities worldwide. Her theories in the areas of feminism and gender research have been hotly debated for decades. The thesis that gender differences have their origins in performative acts, not in biological differences, brought her renown. But she has also addressed many political, discursive and ethical questions. She is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. This summer, she is coming to the University of Cologne as Albertus Magnus Professor from June 20-23.
In Cologne, Butler will give a series of seminars and lectures specially conceived for the Albertus Magnus Professorship. In two lectures entitled "The Ethics and Politics of Non-Violence" and "Revisiting Vulnerability and Resistance," she will speak about current social and political issues. She will also offer a seminar and a graduate seminar in which students and scholars have the opportunity to engage in discussion. Professor Andreas Speer, the rectorate's commissioner for the Albertus Magnus Professorship, emphasizes: "By combining scholarly positions with social responsibility and public visibility, Butler represents the idea of the Albertus Magnus Professorship to carry scholarship into the public realm like few others. We are looking forward to lively and controversial debates."
After scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Bruno Latour, John Searle and Martha Nussbaum, the University is proud to again welcome a scholar of international renown as Albertus Magnus Professor. The professorship was created in 2005 in honor of the medieval universal scholar Albertus Magnus (ca. 1200 to 1280), who served as provincial of the Dominican Order in Cologne. Albertus Magnus is also considered one of the spiritual fathers of the University, which was founded in 1388.
Judith Butler's lectures on 20 June and 22 June are open to the public.