Judith Butler awarded Adorno Prize

See the full story here: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2012/09/12/butler-wins-adorno-prize/. Here is the press release: Das Kuratorium des Theodor-W.-Adorno-Preises unter Vorsitz des Kulturdezernenten Professor Felix Semmelroth hat getagt und die amerikanische Philosophin und Literaturwissenschaftlerin Judith Butler zur Preisträgerin des Jahres 2012 gewählt. Der mit 50.000 Euro dotierte Preis wird alle drei Jahre von der Stadt Frankfurt am Main zum Gedenken an den Philosophen …    read more

Juridical Humanity by Samera Esmeir

Samera Esmeir, Juridical Humanity: A Colonial History (Stanford University Press, 2012) In colonial Egypt, the state introduced legal reforms that claimed to liberate Egyptians from the inhumanity of pre-colonial rule and elevate them to the status of human beings. These legal reforms intersected with a new historical consciousness that distinguished freedom from force and the human from the pre-human, endowing modern law with the power to accomplish but never truly secure this transition. …    read more


Congratulations to the following Rhetoric PhDs! Satyel Larson has accepted a position as a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows and as a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences Collegiate Division at the University of Chicago. NIma Bassiri was named an ACLS New Faculty Fellow for 2012-2014. He has accepted a position in the Literature department at Duke University, where he will also teach in the Philosophy department and the interdisciplinary neuroscience program. …    read more

Professor Trinh T. Minh-ha honored

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Past honorees have represented the full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts professions. Professor Trinh was honored for her outstanding contribution to scholarship in the Social Foundations of Education field.

Emerita Prof. Kaja Silverman wins major award

Kaja Silverman, the Keith L. Sachs W'67 and Katherine Stein Sachs CW'69 Professor of Contemporary Art in the History of Art Department at University of Pennsylvania, and Emerita Professor of Rhetoric and Film, UC Berkeley, is the recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon, Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of her exemplary contributions to humanistic scholarship. The Mellon awards are granted to support the decisive contributions the humanities make to the nation's …    read more

New Book by A.J. Cascardi

Anthony J. Cascardi, Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics (University of Toronto Press) What is the role of literature in the formation of the state? Anthony J. Cascardi takes up this fundamental question in Cervantes, Literature, and the Discourse of Politics, a comprehensive analysis of the presence of politics in Don Quixote. Cascardi argues that when public speech is constrained, as it was in seventeenth-century Spain, politics must be addressed through indirect forms …    read more

Shannon Jackson - A Rite to Heal

Red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb) is a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. Professor Shannon Jackson has written a contextual essay, "A Rite to Heal," introducing rbGb's multi-disciplinary collaborators and sharing their creative and community-engaged process in making the project. Read Professor Jackson's essay here and then see the …    read more

New Essay on Islamic Law by Satyel Larson

"State of Equalities: Law, Marriage and Citizenship in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania," in Marinos Diamontides and Adam Gearey, eds., Islam, Law, and Identity (Routledge, 2011)

New Book by D.W. Bates

David W. Bates, States of War: Enlightenment Origins of the Political Columbia University Press, 2011 We fear that the growing threat of violent attack has upset the balance between existential concepts of political power, which emphasize security, and traditional notions of constitutional limits meant to protect civil liberties. We worry that constitutional states cannot, during a time of war, terror, and extreme crisis, maintain legality and preserve civil rights and freedoms. David …    read more

Trinh T. Minh-ha - Elsewhere, Within Here

Elsewhere, Within Here is an engaging look at travel across national borders--as a foreigner, a tourist, an immigrant, a refugee—in a pre- and post-9/11 world. Who is welcome where? What does it mean to feel out of place in the country you call home? When does the stranger appear in these times of dark metamorphoses? These are some of the issues addressed by the author as she examines the cultural meaning and complexities of travel, immigration, home and exile. The boundary, seen both …    read more