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Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture

This lecture has been established in memory of Nikos Stangos who was one of the directors and senior commissioning editors for Thames and Hudson publishers.  He was probably the most important art editor of the late 20th century and was responsible for facilitating some of the most ground breaking art books of our generation.  Nikos was a published poet and started his career in London as a poetry editor for Penguin.  He was a philosophy graduate from Harvard and collector and commentator on contemporary art.  He died in 2003.

UCL History of Art Department is pleased to announce the next Nikos Stangos Memorial Lecture:

25 April 2012
Professor Susan Buck-Morss
Seeing Global
6.00pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.

Followed by a reception in Wilkins Lower Refectory

We hold the world in our hands today, but only virtually. Modernity’s hoped-for Family of Man remains a body in pieces. The creative forces of the present explode the structures of history, scattering fragments of the past into unanticipated locations. The fragments have multiple affinities that cannot be known beforehand. Their juxtaposition produces unforeseen constellations, providing new readings of the past as a way of charting a different future. The talk will provide exemplary constellations of a global transformation in collective imagination, including recent practices and histories of art.


    • 2011 Professor TJ Clark (Visiting Professor, University of York): “Do Landscapes have Identities?”
    • 2010 Professor Homi Bhabha (Harvard University):  “The Humanities and the Anxiety of Violence”
    • 2009 Professor Jacqueline Lichtenstein (Université Paris-Sorbonne Paris IV):  “The Philosopher and the Art Historian:  An Impossible Dialogue”
    • 2008   Professor Molly Nesbit (Vassar):  “Light in Buffalo; Michel Foucault Lectures on Manet at the Albright-Knox, April 8, 1970”
    • 2007   Okwui Enwezor (Curator): “Incarcerated Life: Contemporary Art and the Security State”
    • 2006   Professor Anne Wagner (University of California Berkeley): “Nauman’s’ Body of Sculpture”
    • 2005   William Kentridge (Artist):  “Reading Shadows:  The Pleasures of Self-Deception”


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Judith Butler






“Judith Butler is the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today. FRAMES OF WAR is an intellectual masterpiece.” – Cornel West


Judith Butler will be giving a lecture entitled ‘The Right to Appear: Towards an Arendtian Politics of the Street’ at the University of Westminster on 4th February 2011.

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The most celebrated feminist in the world and founder of the Queer Theory movement returns with this powerful analysis of the role of the media in the ‘War on Terror’.

In this urgent response to violence, racism and increasingly aggressive methods of coercion, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of armed conflicts, a process integral to how the West wages war. In doing so, she calls for a reconceptualization of the Left, one united in opposition and resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of interventionist military action.



“Judith Butler is quite simply one of the most probing, challenging, and influential thinkers of our time.” J.M. Bernstein

Praise for FRAMES OF WAR:

“To propose that Judith Butler is one of the world’s leading thinkers, a feminist philosopher whose writing has impacted on a wide domain of disciplinary fields inside the academy, as well as on political culture in the outside world, is hardly contentious. We are, many of us, deeply indebted to this body of work which has illuminated issues that are at the very core of life, death, sexuality and existence.” Angela McRobbie, Times Higher Education Book of the Week

“An impressive and challenging book from one of the leading intellectuals of our time” – DIVA

“Frames of War [is] an important contribution to what will no doubt be an ongoing philosophical and political discussion about the rights and wrongs of war.” Nina Power, THE PHILOSOPHERS’ MAGAZINE

“Judith Butler’s focus in this collection of five essays written and revised between 2004 and 2008 is the USA under George W. Bush, with Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay looming in the background. The questions she addresses… have a clear bearing on the cultural politics of grief beyond the USA.” Mark Fisher, FRIEZE

“A trenchant and brilliant book.” – UTNE READER    


“It’s clear that its author is still interested in stirring up trouble—academic, political and otherwise.” – BOOKFORUM

“Hers is a unique voice of courage and conceptual ambition that addresses public life from the perspective of psychic reality, encouraging us to acknowledge the solidarity and the suffering through which we emerge as subjects of freedom.” Homi K. Bhabha


JUDITH BUTLER is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of many highly influential books, including GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF ONESELF, PRECARIOUS LIFE and GENDER TROUBLE.


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