Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professors: 2016-17
Professor Seyla Benhabib: Lent 2017
Professor Seyla Benhabib is the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor for the Lent Term 2017.
Professor Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and has written both on non-citizens’ rights (The Rights of Others, Cambridge University Press, 2004) and women's international rights (Dignity in Adversity. Human Rights in Troubled Times, Polity Press, 2011).
Professor Benhabib's most recent work follows the legal and political debates regarding women’s international human rights as well as the rights of non-citizens, including asylum seekers and refugees.
While in residence at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Professor Benhabib will be undertaking work on her new book project which is titled, Legal Utopianism and Democratic Pessimism. Transnational Law and Democratic Sovereignty.
Professor Benhabib's Visiting Professorship Lecture, From the Right to have Rights to the Critique of Humanitarian Reason. Migrants and Refugees in Political Theory, was held at The Theatre, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge on Monday 13 February 2017.
Professor Judith Butler: Michaelmas 2016
Professor Judith Butler was the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor for the Michaelmas Term 2016.
Professor Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Butler is perhaps best known for her books Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity and Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex, that develop her theory of gender performativity, which is widely influential in feminist and queer theory. Professor Butler’s most recent work has made substantial contributions to philosophy, ethics, and political theory in her books Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly, Senses of the Subject, and Dispossession: the Performative in the Political (with Athena Athanasiou).
While in residence at the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies, Professor Butler conducted research on her project New forms of vulnerability.
Professor Butler's Visiting Professorship Lecture, Gender in translation: on the limits of monolingualism was held at Lady Mitchell Hall on Monday 17 October 2016. We would like to extend our thanks to Professor Butler for a fascinating lecture, and to all contributors.