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Abstract: What to do with received Western practices of freedom bound both to assumptions of human mastery over nature and to the tacit right to dominate others?  What kind of freedom emerges from reckoning with our species interdependence with all earthly life and from a reparative orientation toward the effects of supremacist histories?

About: Wendy Brown is UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and professor emerita of Political Science and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. The author and editor of more than a dozen books, she is best known for her interrogation of identity politics and state power in States of Injury: Power and Freedom in Late Modernity; her critical analysis of tolerance in Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire; her account of the global political inter-regnum in Walled States, Waning Sovereignty; and her study of neoliberalism’s multi-pronged assault on democratic principles, institutions and citizenship in Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution and In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West. Her newest work, Nihilistic Times: Thinking with Max Weber, reflects on the forces of nihilism corroding contemporary political and intellectual life. A member of the American Academy and a Guggenheim Fellow, Brown has also held a variety of visiting professorships and her work has been translated into more than twenty languages. She credits her thinking life to the excellent and accessible public universities of her youth and has worked in recent years to prevent their extinction.

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