Antigone's Afterlives in Feminist Theory: Bonnie Honig in Conversation with Stefani Engelstein

October 28, 2021 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Bonnie Honig; Stefani Engelstein

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Join us for a conversation between feminist political theorists, Bonnie Honig and Stefani Engelstein, as they reflect on their mutual explorations of Antigone through the more horizontal lenses of sibling logics and sororal actions, and the ways in which such a focus has opened new paths of inter-related research for them. How has their work on Antigone influenced their current research on the politics of refusal (Honig) and the entanglements of the organism (Engelstein)?

Stefani Engelstein is Professor of German Studies at Duke University and writes on literature and science, on aesthetics, on gender, and on political theory. Her most recent book, Sibling Action: The Genealogical Structure of Modernity (Columbia University Press, 2017) analyzes the genealogical form of epistemological systems across the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, as well as in literature, and considers its ethical implications. She is also the author of Anxious Anatomy: The Conception of the Human Form in Literary and Naturalist Discourse (SUNY Press, 2008) which traces attempts to render the body legible in relationship to social and political ideologies, and is co-editor of Contemplating Violence: Critical Studies in Modern German Culture (Rodopi Press, 2011).

Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media (MCM) and Political Science at Brown University. In 2017-2018, she was Interim Director of the Pembroke Center and served as the Inaugural Carl Cranor Phi Beta Kappa Scholar. Currently an affiliate of the Digital Democracy Institute at Simon Fraser University and the American Bar Foundation, Chicago, her work in democratic and feminist theory studies the cultural politics of immigration (Democracy and the Foreigner, Princeton, 2001), emergency (Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy, Princeton 2009), mourning (Antigone, Interrupted, Cambridge, 2013) and the Refusal (A Feminist Theory of Refusal, Harvard, 2021).

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