Judith Butler in Conversation
Analyzing the Texts and Talk of Everyday Life
How has Judith Butler’s writing contributed to thought in the Social Sciences and the Humanities? The participants in this project draw on various aspects of Butler’s conceptual work and they question how it has opened up the possibilities of thought in areas of study as diverse as theatre studies, education and narrative therapy.
In a format that demands careful listening and response, the scholars in this book interact with Butler, her writing, and each other. Within this dynamic space they take up Butler’s body of work and carry it in new and exciting directions. Their conversations and writing are, in turn, funny, exciting, surprising and moving.
Table of Contents
Introduction Bronwyn Davies Conversation with Judith Butler I. 1. An Account of Oneself Judith Butler. Forgiving, Given Over, Given Away: Response to Judith Butler’s Presentation Fiona Jenkins. 2. Passionately Attached: Academic subjects of Desire Eva Bendix Petersen. Found/ Wanting and Becoming/ Undone: A Response to Eva Bendix Petersen Sheridan Linnell. Conversation with Judith Butler II. 3. Sissy Boy Melancholy and the Educational Possibilities of Incoherence David McInnes. A Dialogue on ‘Becoming Sissy.’ Cristyn Davies. Conversation with Judith Butler III. 4. Words That Matter: Reading the Performativity of Humanity through Butler and Blanchot Linnell Secomb. Sustaining Language/Existing Threats: Resistance and Rhetoric in Australian Refugee Discourses Susanne Gannon & Sue Saltmarsh. Conversation with Judith Butler IV 5. "Bringing the Elsewhere Home": Drag-Kids and Queer Belongings Affrica Taylor. Dressing Up and Growing Up: Rehearsals on the Threshold of Intelligibility Jonathan Bollen. Conversation with Judith Butler V
Bronwyn Davies is Professor of Education at the University of Western Sydney. Her current work involves a critique of neoliberalism as it impacts on subjectivities at work. She is also researching pedagogies of place and transgressive research methodologies. Her most recent book with Susanne Gannon, Doing Collective Biography, is published by Open University Press (2006).