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Judith Butler is Maxine Elliot Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. They are the author of several books that have been widely translated, including The Force of Non-Violence (Verso, 2020); Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (Harvard University Press, 2015); Parting Ways: Jewishness and the Critique of Zionism (Columbia University Press, 2012); Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? (Verso, 2009); Precarious Life: The Powers of Mourning and Violence (Verso, 2004); Antigone’s Claim: Kinship Between Life and Death (Columbia University Press, 2000); The Psychic Life of Power: Theories of Subjection (Stanford University Press, 1997); Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (Routledge, 1993); and Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Routledge, 1990).
Mel Y. Chen is associate professor of gender and women’s studies and director of the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley. Following on Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke University Press, 2012), they are writing a second book on intoxication’s role in the interanimation of race and disability in histories and legacies of the transnational nineteenth century. Elsewhere they have written on slowness, gesture, inhumanisms, cognitive disability, and method. Chen coedits the Anima book series at Duke University Press and is part of a small and sustaining queer- trans of color arts collective in the San Francisco Bay Area.