The Judith Butler Affair

Letter to Judith Butler

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Dear Judith, if I may,

My name is Erik Ringmar and I teach in the Political Science Department at Lund University in Sweden. Your name has recently featured prominently in a campus war regarding the content of reading lists. See this. Lately the big Swedish newspapers have started writing about it too. Obviously I am very curious regarding what you make of it all, but I also understand why you might not want to comment on something happening so far away.

What I would like to know is:

  • How do you feel about your work being used in this fashion?
  • Are the on-campus feminists correct to try to influence my course?
  • What is your definition of academic freedom?

Stirring up controversy is good; there is always something to be learned. Thanks for helping out,



A bit more about me here.


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