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Public Assembly and Plural Action

Public Assembly and Plural Action
University College, East and West Halls
Time: Feb 11th, 4:30 pm End: Feb 11th, 6:30 pm
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Alexander Lecture by Judith Butler

University College and the Department of English are pleased to present the Annual Alexander Lecture for 2014:

Judith Butler, Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California-Berkeley

Public Assembly and Plural Action

How do we understand the role of public assemblies in the making of the “people”?   Although one ideal of democratic life is for all of the people to be fairly and justly represented, it is also true that public gatherings, or the exercise of freedom of assembly, can be a way in which the people constitute themselves provisionally, and sometimes experimentally.  How do we understand “the people” as those whose fair and just representation is a precondition of any state’s legitimacy at the same time that we allow for new versions of “the people” to be produced by public assemblies?  Assemblies involve plural and corporeal forms of action which sometimes signify in ways that are not directly translated into a set of verbal or written “demands.”  How do we think about those embodied forms of democratic action that mark the distance between state power and popular sovereignty?

Please note that this lecture will take place in the East Hall. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For further information, please contact University College at (416) 978-7516.


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