Wendy Brown

Porous Sovereignty, Walled Democracy
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 - 7:00pm
Kane 120

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Wendy Brown is known for her subtle and sophisticated interpretations of political theory and practice. Her work elucidates the contemporary knots tying subordination and freedom, exclusion and equality, markets and democracy, state institutions and social movements. 

 Brown’s lecture will address the curious phenomenon that finds nation-states building physical walls at their borders. In an ostensibly connected global world, such walls raise a series of questions. What is the relationship between these walls and the erosion of national sovereignty by transnational forces?  Do the walls assert sovereignty or confess its failures? What is the relationship of economy and security at the site of walls? And what transformation in democracy do the new walls herald?

 Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of numerous influential books, including Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity (2006), Politics Out of History (2001), and States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (1995). 

Colloquium

Idealism, Materialism, Secularism: Charles Taylor and Karl Marx

April 25, 2008 – 10:00 am – Communications 202

In this colloquium, Wendy Brown will present a critical response to Charles Taylor’s recent book, A Secular Age. Drawing on an analysis framed by the recent world-wide intensification of politicized religious identity and expression, Brown’s talk will consider the force called “profanation” by Marx to reflect on the character of the encounter between neoliberalism and religion today.

Wendy Brown is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, and is the Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities for Spring 2008. Brown is the author of numerous influential books, including Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Empire and Identity (2006), Politics Out of History (2001), and States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity (1995). Known for her subtle and sophisticated interpretations of political theory and practice, her work elucidates the contemporary knots tying subordination and freedom, exclusion and equality, markets and democracy, state institutions and social movements.