Judith Butler online conference
Gender in Translation: Moving among Worlds

Contact Zone: repair crises

  • Day: May 17
  • Hours: 6:00 p.m.
  • Space: Aljub
  • Face-to-face activity with prior registration and limited places 
  • Online conference in English with simultaneous translation in Spanish

Es Baluard Museu organizes the public conference “Gender in Translation: Moving among Worlds” by Judith Butler within the framework of the “Contact Zone” programme. In this presentation, the philosopher and gender expert proposes a reflection based on the analysis how the term “gender” has travelled from English to nearly every other language and met with resistance and appreciation along the way. In recent years, the movement against “gender” has galvanized right-wing forces, giving a new direction and intensity to contemporary forms of authoritarianism and fascism. The opposition to “gender theory” or “gender” as a concept is based on a “phantasm” of gender – the idea that “gender” has the power to destroy civilization, the family, the nation, and even “man.” On the one hand, the attacks on gender studies are linked to the attack on critical race studies and indigenous studies. On the other hand, some of the arguments that anti-gender movements make are appropriated from Left discourse: gender is a form of colonization, imperialism, even totalitarianism. How should feminists, queer, and trans people respond to these charges? How might we think about the travels of gender across borders and languages that produce new possibilities for transnational alliance and broad resistance to censorship and authoritarian politics?

With this activity, open to the public not enrolled in the training program, Butler deepens the different debates raised in the module “Feminisms, the other inappropriate” of #LAP1, to open a space for reflection that goes beyond homogenizing feminism and approaches him from his complexity.

“Contact Zone” is an annual training and research program that aims to explore the potential of artistic practice and cultural production as devices for intervention in social change. In its first edition, the need to think about contemporary complexity is presented from five thematic axes: New Institutions, Ecologisms, Works, Feminisms and Borders.

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17th May 2022 → 17th May 2022