26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

ji-hlavadok-revuecdfEmerging producersInspiration Forum

Trouble with Gender, Care and Violence

Keynote speech by Judith Butler and a conversation on the burning topics of recent years


The program will be broadcasted live from the Inspiration Forum stage.


Our reflections on the future will probably forever include the issue of the climate crisis, discrimination or economic inequalities. The linking element between these may be the care we commonly associate with the home, the family or services for the elderly or people with disabilities. Care will solve neither climate crisis nor economic inequalities, but in the world of increasingly more apparent individualised social risks and challenges, wider mutual care may underpin a paradigm shift that will make our life more bearable. This will mean taking more seriously the striking interconnectedness of people and building care infrastructures that will globally provide a substantial value.


Keynote speech


Judith Butler*

Philosopher, gender theorist and Maxine Elliot Professor Emer. in the Department of Comparative Literature and the Program of Critical Theory at the University of California, Berkeley. They are best known for their 1990 book Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Their theories of the performative nature of gender and sex were highly influential within feminist and queer theory. They are active in several human rights organizations and presently serve on the advisory board of Jewish Voice for Peace. They were the recipient of the Andrew Mellon Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in the Humanities (2009-13), was elected as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2018, and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019. In 2020, they served as President of the Modern Language Association. In their last book The Force of Nonviolence they show how an ethic of nonviolence must be connected to a broader political struggle for social equality.


Moderated by


Tereza Matějčková

Philosopher and university lecturer. She teaches at the Institute of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Charles University, where she is an assistant professor. She focuses mainly on classical German philosophy and philosophy of religion. Since 2016, she has been a member of the editorial board of the Philosophical Journal, and she has also worked at the publishing house OIKOYMENH. In 2018, she published a revised version of her dissertation thesis dedicated to the leading figure of German idealist philosophy called Hegel's Phenomenology of the World. She has translated several publications, most recently Ken Krimstein's comic biography The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt.


*Judith Butler will join us live from the United States.

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