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Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949)

Simone de BeauvoirJoan Hawkins (The Media School) will convene the Theory Center Reading Group in fall 2021 to read a new translation of a classic text for Second Wave feminism: Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex (1949). Beauvoir’s historical theorization of the “becoming of woman” is a foundational reflection for contemporary feminisms and gender studies. Unfortunately, when it was originally published in 1953, the book was severely truncated (over 150 pages were cut) and some key philosophical terms were garbled. The new English translation by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovnay-Chevallier is almost twice the length of the first English translation, and restores some of the original philosophical terminology of the French text. Visiting speakers Robyn Wiegman and Eileen Julien will help us to understand the text in light of subsequent gender theory and critical race studies. In addition, a screening at the IU Cinema and some additional readings will help us to consider the text within the context of Beauvoir’s long and varied career.

All Center events are open to the public.

A Book That Changed My Mind, with Wendy Brown

One of our leading political theorists, Wendy Brown (UC Berkeley) recently joined us to discuss how two key essays by Max Weber, “Science as a Vocation” and “Politics as a Vocation,” have changed her mind. Click here to view the recording. More ->



Call for Submissions: Theory Center Graduate Essay Prize

IU graduate students are invited to submit an essay of up to 7,500 words for the Theory Center Essay Prize of $1,000. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2021. Send questions and submission to Michel Chaouli.

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