Forms of Survival and the Politics of Vulnerability / Disposession

We’ll read excerpts from Judith Butler’s most recent book, Dispossession, along with the chapter in Precarious Life on indefinite detention and the question of what constitutes the human.

The second half of the meeting will be a casual colloquium and closing reception. We’ll debrief and decide what the future will hold.

Readings: Judith Butler’s Dispossession (2013) (Chapter 7, “Recognition and survival, or surviving recognition”) and chapter three of Precarious Life.

Forms of Survival & the Politics of Vulnerability is a semester-long workshop that attempts to re-think the notion of survival, which, though often associated with centuries-old evolutionary theory, has become central to contemporary political thought. The workshop is developed and led by Michelle Ty (PhD candidate English, Designated Emphasis Critical Theory).