Non-violence with #Judith_Butler
Judith Butler is one of the most important philosophers of our time. Their book “Gender trouble” left a long-lasting mark on queer and feminist theory, even though it took more than fifteen years to be translated into French. Its translation has indeed given rise to many misunderstandings, which Judith Butler finds amusing and interesting now, pushing them to explore the cultural resonances their theories find in various countries (05:20). In a global pandemic, these theories unfortunately have very concrete resonances: they had coined the concept of ‘grievable lives’ and are saddened to see it vividly illustrated by the current situation (13:13). Observing the governments using health safety to justify repressing their populations, they nonetheless believe in the force of non-violence and solidarity (25:34). Together with Lauren Bastide, Judith Butler is alarmed by the attacks on universities, especially on gender and postcolonial theory (35:40). For them, this backlash definitely is the embodiment of conservatives’ fear and their refusal to see the world change (32:00). They stay hopeful thanks to the feminist, queer and antiracist movements inventing new forms of mobilisations around the world (47:02) and the strength, always renewed, of their self-determination claims (39:30). If they acknowledge how important rest is in an activist’s life, they encourage to never abandon the idea, the utopia of radical equality until it is reached (51:52) and invite everyone to think about revolution as an ongoing movement to which it is possible to contribute everyday (57:17).
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