Keynote speakers

  • Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous books, such as Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990), Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (1993), The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (1997), Precarious Life: Powers of Violence and Mourning (2004); Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (2009). Her most recent books include: Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (2012), and Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015). She is also active in gender and sexual politics and human rights, anti-war politics. She received the Adorno Prize from the City of Frankfurt (2012) in honor of her contributions to feminist and moral philosophy, the Brudner Prize from Yale University for lifetime achievement in gay and lesbian studies, and the Research Lecturer honor at UC Berkeley in 2005. She has received honorary degrees from Université Bordeaux-III, Université Paris-VII, Grinnell College, McGill University, University of St. Andrews, Université de Fribourg in Switzerland, Universidad de Costa Rica, Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina, and the Université de Liége in Belgium.
  • Adriana Cavarero, Professor of Political Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Verona.
    Adriana Cavarerois anItalian philosopher and feminist thinker. She works at the University of Verona, has been Visiting Professor at Warwick University, the University of California, Berkeley and Santa Barbara, and at the New York University. Her writings focus on feminist theory, ancient philosophy, Hannah Arendt, theories of narration and vocality, and on a wide range of issues in political philosophy and literature. Among her books: In Spite of Plato; Stately Bodies; Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood; For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression; Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violence; Inclinations: A Critique of Rectitude.
  • Amelia Jones, Robert A. Day Professor of Art and Design, USC Los Angeles.
    Amelia Jonesis the Robert A. Day Professor at the Roski School of Art and Design at University of Southern California. A curator and a theorist and historian of art and performance, her recent publications include Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts (2012), Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History (2012), co-edited with Adrian Heathfield, the edited volume Sexuality (2014), and, co-edited with Erin Silver, Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories (2016). Her exhibition Material Traces: Time and the Gesture in Contemporary Art took place in 2013 in Montreal. She programmed the events Trans-Montréal (2015) and Live Artists Live (at USC in 2016).  She edited “On Trans/Performance,” a special issue of Performance Research (October 2016).
  • Achille Mbembe, Research Professor of History and Politics,University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
    Achille Mbembe is a Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa). One of the most original voices of the new wave of French critical theory, he is the author of numerous books on history and political thought. Originally written in French, his work which includes such seminal texts as On the Postcolony, Necropolitics, Critique of Black Reason and Politiques de l’inimitié  is the subject of  translations in English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages.His Kritiek Van De Zwarte Rede won the 2015 Geschwister School Prize. 
    His forthcoming book, Penser en public, will be published in October 2017 in Paris.
  • Monique David-Ménard,professor of philosophy and a practicing psychoanalyst
    David-Ménard has a double career, as a professor of philosophy and a practicing psychoanalyst. As the Director of the Centre d’études du vivant (2005-2011), she established the field of research “Gender and Sexualities” at the University Paris-Diderot/Paris 7. As a psychoanalyst, she has been a member of the Société de Psychanalyse Freudienne since its foundation in 1994. She is also a co-founder of the ISPP (International Society for Psychoanalysis and Philosophy) and a member of the International Network of Women Philosophers (UNESCO).
  • Aagje Swinnen, Professor International Humanism and the Art of Living,University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht.
  • Iris van der Tuin, Associate Professor Liberal Arts and Sciences, Utrecht University. 
    Iris van der Tuin is an associate professor in and program director of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Trained as a feminist epistemologist, she specializes in gender studies and new materialisms (especially pertaining to humanities scholarship that traverses "the two cultures"). She co-authored New Materialism: Interviews & Cartographies (Open Humanities Press, 2012) with Rick Dolphijn, wrote Generational Feminism: New Materialist Introduction to a Generative Approach (Lexington Books, 2015), and edited Nature for Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender (Macmillan Reference USA, 2016).
  • Charlotte Witt, Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, University of New Hampshire. 
    Charlotte Witt is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of New Hampshire.  She is the author of Substance and Essence in Aristotle and Ways of Being in Aristotle's Metaphysics both published by Cornell University Press.  She is the co-editor of A Mind of One's Own:  Feminist Essays on Reason and Objectivity and three other collections including Adoption Matters:  Philosophical and Feminist Essays.  Her most recent work includes a monograph The Metaphysics of Gender (Oxford 2011) and an edited volume Feminist Metaphysics:  Explorations in the Ontology of Sex, Gender and the Self (Springer 2011).  Witt is Chair of the American Philosophical Association Committee on the Status of Women.