Zomg! Judith Butler Is Coming To Columbia
Written by Bwog Staff
Don’t expect to take a class in the English Department next year without the prefix “post-” in the course title.
Capital New York reports that Judith Butler, uber-big-deal academic currently at UC Berkeley, is coming to Columbia in the fall next year. She’ll fit in just fine: she’s a post-structuralist scholar with a post-Zionist perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the winner of the New Criterion‘s “Bad Writing Contest” for the following paragraph, possibly lifted from your most recent University Writing essay:
The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.
Butler’s move is great news if you’re into Kafka; bad news if you’re into the California public education system. See you in September, Judith!
Update: Capital has added the email from English Department Chair Jean Howard to English grad students, explaining the technicalities of Butler’s move. Academia!
Dear Graduate Students,
I am thrilled to announce that Judith Butler will be joining our department as a regular faculty member. For each of the next two years she will be a full-time visitor in the spring terms. After that she will be here on a permanent year-round basis.
In spring of this academic year Professor Butler will give a colloquium just for our department to which all faculty and grad students will be invited. It will be our chance to welcome her to our community.
Best, Jean Howard