Trent University Presents the Inaugural Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics and Gender


Dr. Wendy Brown to discuss Civilizational Delusions: Secularism, Tolerance and Equality

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, Peterborough

Trent University is proud to present the inaugural Elaine Stavro Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics and Gender, featuring renowned researcher Dr. Wendy Brown from the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Market Hall, 140 Charlotte Street, third floor, Peterborough.

Dr. Brown’s lecture will explore Western secular society’s claim to be religiously neutral by examining the proposed and enacted ‘burka bans’ in Europe and North America.

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Theory, Politics & Gender has been established by Trent University’s Dr. Elaine Stavro. The idea behind the endowed program is to provide students, staff, faculty and members of the Peterborough community with access to an exceptional scholar who is engaged in political theory, and to significantly build on the University’s reputation for its interdisciplinary program.

“The intent of this endowed lectureship is to foster conversations and possibly collaboration between the humanities and the social sciences,” said Dr. Elaine Stavro, acting director, Theory, Culture, and Politics at Trent. “Wendy Brown’s work, which appreciates the historical situatedness and yet symbolic nature of political knowing, goes some distance to connect these often separate and warring approaches to knowledge."

Professor Brown received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University in 1983. Prior to joining the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, she taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz and at Williams College. Prof. 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.

Prof. Brown 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 University of California President's Humanities Fellow.

About Elaine Stavro:

Dr. Elaine Stavro is a professor at Trent University, has taught in the Politics, Women’s Studies and Philosophy Departments and is currently the acting director of the Theory, Culture, and Politics M.A. program. Her primary areas of research are political theory, continental philosophy, feminist and gender theory, and the body politic in contemporary culture. She has recently completed a book on Simone de Beauvoir, entitled A Woman Becoming: The Political Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir. Some of her other publications and papers have focused on the topics of coalitional politics, the regulation of the family, and contemporary political discourses of the body.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

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Media are advised that Dr. Brown and Dr. Stavro are available for interviews beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, in addition to availability at the lecture.

To book an interview, please contact:
Joanne Sokolowski, Manager, Convocation and University Functions, 705-872-2215,