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"The Weakness of One: Devolution, Responsibilisation, and Citizenship in Neoliberal Rationality"

Wendy Brown (University of California, Berkeley)
Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
CMU 120

Wendy Brown is currently the Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Previous to this, Professor Brown received her Ph.D in Political Philosophy from Princeton University and taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Williams College. Professor Brown's fields of interest include the history of political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century Continental theory, critical theory, and cultural theory (including feminist theory, critical race theory, and postcolonial theory). She is best known for intertwining the insights of Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, Frankfurt School theorists, Foucault, and contemporary Continental philosophers to critically interrogate formations of power, political identity, citizenship, and political subjectivity in contemporary liberal democracies. Brown's current work focuses on the relationship of political sovereignty to global capital and other transnational forces, including those associated with religion, law, culture and moral discourse.

Brown's books include Manhood and Politics: A Feminist Reading in Political Theory(Rowman and Littlefield, 1988), States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (Princeton, 1995), Politics Out of History (Princeton, 2001), Left Legalism/Left Critique, co-edited with Janet Halley (Duke, 2002), Edgework: Critical Essays in Knowledge and Politics (Princeton, 2005), and Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire (Princeton, 2006), Is Critique Secular? co-authored with Talal Asad, Judith Butler and Saba Mahmood (UC Press, 2009) and Walled States, Waning Sovereignty (Zone Books, 2010). Her work has been translated into more than 15 languages. She lectures around the world, has held a number of distinguished visiting lectureships, and has recently been a Senior Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and a UC President's Humanities Fellow.

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