UK: Public Lecture: Prof. Judith Butler on 'Sexual Politics'

The British Journal of Sociology 2007 public lecture presents: "Sexual Politics: The Limits of Secularism, The Time of Coalition"; 30 October 2007, 6:30-8:00 pm; London School of Economics.
This lecture considers the conditions for coalition that might exist between religious and sexual minorities through focusing on differential forms of state coercion.
Several arguments have emerged in Europe and elsewhere, claiming that feminism and progressive sexual politics are threatened by new religious communities and the effects of Islam in particular and base their views on libertarian principles (feminism and progressive sexual politics rely on increasingly robust conceptions of personal liberty) and on criticisms of multiculturalism (cast as a relativist enterprise that is unable to ground strong normative claims). Such arguments tend to rely on conceptions of sexual or gender freedom which presume certain conceptions of secular progress and to forget or dismiss conceptions of sexual politics that are bound to anti-racist struggle.

Without denying that clear tensions exist between religious traditions that condemn and forbid homosexuality and progressive sexual movements that tend to promote exclusionary conceptions of the secular, the lecture focuses on the importance of conceptions of cultural translation, antagonism, and the critique of state coercion to consider what 'critical coalition' might mean for religious and sexual minorities.

Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Chetan Bhatt is a professor in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information: email or call +44 020 7955 6043.