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Basis voor Actuele Kunst - BAK

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Lectures by Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti, Thursday 6 March 2008
  Postsecularism Lecture Series:
Lectures by Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti


On Feminism and Secularism, Lectures by Prof. Judith Butler and Prof. Rosi Braidotti, 6 March 2008
Part of the Postsecularism Lecture Series, academic year 2007-2008
Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht

The academic year-long lecture series on postsecularism is a collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University, marking part of the research trajectory of Concerning the Post-Secular, a long-term, multifaceted project at BAK.

Lectures touching upon the limited secularist discourse with regard to feminism and understanding new relations between feminism and religion by Prof. Dr. Judith Butler, Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, CA, US, entitled "Vulnerability, Survivability: The Affective Politics of War," and by Prof. Dr. Rosi Braidotti, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities, Arts Faculty, Utrecht University, NL, entitled "The Post-Secular Predicament and Ways of Dying," take place on Thursday 6 March 2008 from 14 till 17 hrs in the auditorium of the Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38. The seminar is chaired by Dr. Sarah Bracke.

The lecture series aims at investigating the "post-secular" as a central aspect of our current historical condition and the mutual engagements of secularism and religious discourses especially in contemporary Europe. It maps the intersections of the "post-secular" with social and political theory as well as cultural and artistic practices and movements with special emphasis on issues of political theory, Islam in Europe, ethics, human rights, feminist practices, contemporary art, and the European tradition of liberal humanism.

Following this lecture series, Concerning the Post-Secular further develops through an exhibition (autumn 2008), seminars and related projects, and a BAK Critical Reader presenting new texts by artists and scholars who further investigate the notion of the "post-secular" from the perspective of contemporary artistic and intellectual practices (winter 2008).

On Feminism and Secularism, Lectures by Prof. Judith Butler and Prof. Rosi Braidotti
Date: 6 March 2008
Time: 14.00-17.00, coffee at 13.30 hrs
Location: Auditorium, Catharijneconvent, Lange Nieuwstraat 38, Utrecht
Language: English
Entrance: Free
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Please note the program of further upcoming lectures in the series:
Tuesday 22 April 2008: On Secularism's Magic by Prof. Dr. Peter van der Veer
Friday 23 May 2008: On Muslims in Europe by Prof. Dr. Tariq Modood
Thursday 12 June 2008: On Evangelical Christians in the USA by Prof. Dr. Susan Harding
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